Wrongful Termination?

I was just terminated from my job after an investigation for sexual harrassment. The company told me that the result of the investigation was that I had not sexually harrassed anyone, but that in the course of the investigation the company found that I had asked for client info that I didn't need to do my job. I read through the code of ethics of my employer, and it states that misuse of this client info is not tolerated. It also states that employees may not give this information to another employee who does not need it to perform their job. I was fired, but the 4 other people in my branch that tool part in this violation were not. I believe the company fired me to make another employee happy. If this is the case, do I have any recourse against the company or the other employee who made these accussations? Since I was the only one terminated, but not the only one to take part in this do I have a case for discrimination? If I have a case, I will be in need of legal services and a consultation. Thanks in advance.

1 answer  |  asked Oct 15, 2002 4:13 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Christopher Ezold
You may have a claim, but probably not for discrimination.

Mr. Foellmer:

There has been a developing body of caselaw that requires companies who investigate claims of sexual harassment to do so in a responsible manner. The manner in which you were terminated suggests that the stated reason for your termination was not the real reason; this may indicate a basis for a claim that the company conducted an improper investigation, and terminated you for harassment that it knew you did not commit.

Whether you have a discrimination claim for being terminated when four other people were not would depend on a number of factors that I cannot know from the text of your question.

I cannot answer you question further without more information. I would be happy to speak with you; feel free to call me at the below number.

Christopher E. Ezold
Nancy O'Mara Ezold, P.C.
401 City Ave., Suite 904
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 660-5585

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  Oct 16, 2002 4:15 PM [EST]

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