There may be many reasons employees and employers do not personally mesh or otherwise have a difficult time getting along. A recent case of an employee and employer disagreeing about why a person was terminated led to a wrongful termination suit against Neiman Marcus. The case hinges on allegations back and forth pertaining to a sales scam, and differences related to religion was also cited as a point of contention. Anyone in Colorado who feels they were wrongfully accused in the workplace may be interested in the case.
The salesman who was terminated is Jewish and also happens to be gay. His direct supervisor was a Muslim woman who is Iranian. The 59-year-old salesman claims his requests for time off for religious holidays were denied and that the Iranian supervisor also made disparaging remarks about the employee wanting to visit Israel.
Neiman Markus says the man was terminated for his involvement in giving away samples of expensive cream that later turned up online for sale. They claim the worker was in on a samples for sale scam. The man’s representatives claimed he generated over $1 million in sales for the store on an annual basis and was noted as an exemplary employee. The suit has since been settled for an undisclosed amount.
Wrongful termination can be difficult to prove as it can often be one person’s word against another. However, if someone in Colorado or elsewhere feels they have been the victim of wrongful termination, documented evidence may help their claim. In some cases, work reviews, emails or statements made in front of witnesses may prove valuable as an employee seeks legal redress by litigating a wrongful termination suit.
Source: losangelesregister.com, “Neiman Marcus settles wrongful termination lawsuit”, Kelly Puente, Sept. 18, 2014