Colorado employees who work 18 years for an employer might believe they have job security. Employees might also believe that returning to work after a serious injury acquired on the job would indicate dedication of the employee to an employer. One former police officer in another state claims neither is the case for him, and he has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer.
The ordeal began for the police officer when he suffered serious injuries while on the job. He was on his motorcycle escorting a funeral procession when he was struck from behind. He was thrown from his motorcycle and crashed into the vehicle’s windshield. He experienced a long recovery and one hand remained paralyzed. Despite the permanent injury, his physician approved his return to work.
According to the officer, he was approved to return to perform light duty jobs. Allegedly, his department denied his request to work in lighter duty areas as he continued to recover. He was sent out to patrol, and he reports that his employer had strict expectations of his performance. After an incident where he forgot his firearm at home, he was terminated from his position, although he claims it was the first time in 18 years that it occurred. He alleges that he was not made aware of some of his employer’s complaints regarding his performance until his termination.
A difference of opinion, clashing personalities, whistleblowing and disabilities are not valid reasons for an employee to be fired. An unexpected termination can result in financial stress due to the loss of income and could hinder future employment opportunities. Employees who suspect they are the victims of a wrongful termination may benefit from speaking with an attorney in Colorado about their legal rights and options.
Source: wsbtv.com, “Ex-cop critically injured in motorcycle accident sues dept. for wrongful termination“, Mike Petchenik, July 27, 2017