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Is this a "wrongful termination" that could make a lawsuit?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spikechiquet, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    My buddy just got s-canned yesterday. They said it was "budget cuts". They also laid off another guy in editorial the same day.
    Now, today...they hired the editor of a neighboring paper for news....rendering "budget cuts" a crock of shit.
    Is there justifiable cause to sue for wrongful termination?
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    People throw lawsuit threats around all the time, but A) there appears to be no case here; and B) if there was a case, your buddy would have to hire a lawyer, wait a year or two, and pay tens of thousands of dollars to get back pay that would amount to less than legal fees. And at the end of that he'd get to return to what sounds like a crappy job.

    He should just go piss on the publisher's windshield.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The answer is: It depends.

    Mostly on your state.

    Probably not, though, unless he's a minority, disabled, old, or a whistle blower.
  5. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the answers...yeah, sounds hopeless.
    Just really pissed off right now.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's not unusual for a company to have layoffs and then hire others from outside to fill at least some of those jobs.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

  8. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    doubtful but conceivable if some of those involved are members of a protected class - minority, elderly, female. if the two guys axed were black and they hired a white guy, it would raise eyebrows down at the local EEOC office.
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