Some of our Colorado readers may have heard about recent developments in a lawsuit filed against the City of Colorado Springs. The employment discrimination lawsuit was brought against the city by a former employee based on a claim of wrongful termination. These types of cases can oftentimes be difficult to successfully pursue, but in this case it appears that the former employee's case was solid enough to warrant a settlement offer.
According to the reports, the former employee claimed that she had discovered some misuse of city funds and funds obtained through grants. The misuse apparently included overpayment to some city employees. The former employee claimed that her problems began when she reported the findings to city leaders and indications are that those individuals were not interested in hearing her reports and were less than pleased that she had discovered the alleged misuse of funds.
During the same period this former employee, a female, also alleged that she was the victim of gender discrimination. The reports indicate that this employee was fired by the City of Colorado Springs in August of 2011.
Our Colorado readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that there are many different forms of discrimination that can take place in the workplace. The more common types, based on gender, race and disabilities, fortunately have federal laws in place to protect employees who are subjected to this type of discrimination. A wrongful termination based on any of these reasons can be the basis for an employment law claim, but there are other wrongful acts by an employer that can result in a successful claim as well. In this woman's case, the settlement she received was valued at $250,000. As is typical in these sorts of settlements, however, the City of Colorado Springs has admitted no wrongdoing.
Source: TheDenverChannel.com, "City of Colorado Springs settles wrongful termination lawsuit with former employee," Phil Tenser, April 10, 2013