Job security is valuable, and most workers often assume they have it as long as they are fulfilling their duties. However, employers have the task of overseeing all members of their business, and occasionally a decision to dismiss an employee may be misguided or unfair. A school in Indiana recently faced a lawsuit from a former faculty member who claimed to have been wrongfully dismissed. It isn’t clear why his lawsuit was eventually dismissed, as his argument appeared to stand on a solid foundation.
The former coach, who worked with the boys’ basketball team at the school, was dismissed from his position after allegations were made that he had participated in sexual relations with a student. He also was banned from the school campus, and his Indiana teaching license was allowed to expire. However, after a trial lasting four days last June, he was found not guilty of the allegations against him.
At one time he filed a lawsuit against the school over what he considered to have been wrongful discharge. He claimed that a letter he should have received regarding his termination was willfully sent to an incorrect address. He further branded the school’s decision as having been constitutionally unfair and sought to recoup back pay, damages and fees. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by mutual agreement of attorneys from both sides.
In Indiana, it is possible for an individual without a contract to be dismissed for many reasons. However, there are a number of exceptions, and it is important to be aware of your employment rights. If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed, you have the right to challenge the decision and seek compensation. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney, you may understand your position more clearly and have the best chance of reaching a fair resolution.
Source: Hammond News, “Former teacher, Hammond schools agreed to dismiss lawsuit,” Bob Kasarda, March 26, 2014