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Wrongful discharge lawsuit filed by former school superintendent

Florida businesses have many issues with which to contend on a daily basis. From concerns about customer loyalty and vendor contracts to employment disputes and more, there truly is no shortage to the number of problems that can arise for today’s business owners. Depending upon the situation, a business dispute may be amicably resolved or it may require professional and even legal intervention. Business litigation can affect both private and public entities at any time.

In West Virginia, a wrongful discharge case is currently being waged between the former state school superintendent and both the State Board of Education and a current member of the school board. The plaintiff alleges that the state agency repeatedly violated the laws that required open meetings, instead opting to operate in secret. The lawsuit further alleges that she has since suffered damage to her reputation, name and employability since being terminated from her position.

The former employee was fired in 2012 and filed an initial federal suit in 2013 but has since requested that case be dismissed in favor of a new suit. The suit also claims that the manner in which she was terminated was in direct violation of public policy and that she had always received positive reviews when in her position.

Employment law can be a complex area to navigate, leaving employers subject to a variety of claims by disgruntled employees. Working with a law firm that has experience in these cases may be a helpful way for companies or public agencies to protect themselves in the face of such situations.

Source: The West Virginia Record, “Marple files wrongful termination suit again,” Chris Dickerson, May 12, 2014

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