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Marine veteran alleges wrongful termination from MLB team


All employees in Los Angeles and across California have certain rights at their jobs. When a person is terminated, it must be done according to the law. If there is a violation of employment law, the person who was subjected to wrongful termination has the right to seek compensation through civil litigation. No one is immune to being dismissed from a job and it can happen in what most would consider a dream job.

Such is the case with the revelation of a dispute between a Major League Baseball team and a former employee with a famous name. The Los Angeles Dodgers are accused of dismissing Nick Francona from his job after he sought treatment for "invisible" wounds he suffered while a member of the U.S. military. Nick Francona is the son of the current manager of the Cleveland Indians and two-time World Series winning manager with the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona. The younger Francona was an officer in the Marine Corps and served in the war in Afghanistan before returning to civilian life and working in baseball.

Nick Francona alleges that the club terminated his contract because of his seeking help from an organization for veterans. He was offered settlements of $40,000 and $150,000, but he declined. Major League Baseball is conducting its own investigation into the matter. The Dodgers deny that they dismissed Francona due to discrimination. They say that they had tried to shift him from one department to another and Francona believed that he was being demoted. He is alleged not to have got along with his boss. The team offered to allow him to resign or he would be fired. He chose to be fired and they paid his contract prior to these allegations coming to light.

For those who served in the military and are experiencing its aftereffects, discrimination at work is a problem that can cause them significant problems. If a job was lost and there was a breach of contract committed or any other illegal act based on a person's military service, the person must realize that there are steps to take to seek compensation. Discussing a case with a lawyer can be enlightening for a former employee regardless of the type of job that the person had.

Source: ESPN, "Dodgers deny firing of Nick Francona was result of him being war veteran," May 11, 2017

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