Obtaining and maintaining a dream career is often the goal when an individual expands their education and increases their skills and experience. Yet, even when he or she gets such a job, various obstacles could be present in the work environment that makes it difficult to keep the position. For some employees, this could mean experiencing employment discrimination. This could be in the form of a hostile workplace and which may result in job loss. If an employee believes he or she has endured a wrongful termination, he or she may be able to file a civil lawsuit in an effort to recover damages.
Minnesota Vikings fans are aware of the allegations made by the team’s former punter, Chris Kluwe. Following statements regarding his support for same-sex marriage and his remarks concerning homophobic statements allegedly made by the special-teams coordinator, Kluwe believes he was wrongfully terminated.
The investigation is still ongoing, and a final report is expected shortly. Once interviews are completed, the report should establish whether Kluwe was released for football-related reasons or if they stemmed from the incident regarding his opinions about same-sex marriage. This will ultimately determine whether the former Vikings punter will file a claim for wrongful termination.
When an employee believes he or she has been fired unlawfully, he or she can take legal action to correct this wrong. Compensation could be awarded to cover back pay, lost wages, future earnings and other damages caused by the wrongful termination.
Employment discrimination is a serious situation, and an employee suffering from such wrongdoing should speak out about it. This might require speaking with supervisors in the work place, human resources or even taking legal action. An employee should seek guidance about their situation so they understand their legal options for remedying the scenario.
Source: Pioneer Press, “Chris Kluwe report due in about two weeks,” Chris Tomasson, June 9, 2014