Robert was the assistant dean of administration at a small college. Several months ago, Robert was called as a witness to testify in a sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee of the college, against the college and the dean of administration at the college. Robert testified truthfully about an incident that he observed involving the former employee who filed the sexual harassment suit and the dean of administration. The result of the sexual harassment suit was that the former employee who filed the suit was awarded $1,000,000 in damages against the dean of administration and the college. Shortly after the damage award was entered, Robert was called into the dean of administration's office and fired. When Robert asked what he had done to justify the firing, the dean of administration responded that Robert was an employee-at-will and could be fired without reason. Does Robert have any claim against the college? What bases might Robert use to pursue an action against the college?
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Robert will be able to successfully pursue legal action against the college because even in states that have an at-will employee paradigm, employers cannot fire employees for reasons that are illegal under state and federal law. It is illegal to fire someone for complaining about discrimination or harassment or testifying as to ...
Explains Robert's options in challenging the college for wrongful dismissal.