Florida employee sues state attorney for firing
A former Florida information technology director is seeking compensation for wrongful termination after he was reportedly illegally fired in June from his post with the state attorney. The man alleges he was wrongfully terminated after his testimony in the George Zimmerman case.
Official reports show the man told courtroom representatives that prosecutors failed to turn over key pieces of evidence to Zimmerman’s defense team. He had submitted a follow-up report about Treyvon Martin’s cellphone, including text messages and photographs. He said that report was never given to Zimmerman’s defense team. In addition, the man alleges the firing constituted retaliation for his testimony, which cast the prosecutor’s office in a negative light. Florida law states employees cannot be fired for their testimony in a criminal proceeding. The man did not voluntarily appear. He was subpoenaed to testify in the case as required.
The man’s civil attorney told the press it is important to remember the man is not only seeking compensation for wrongful termination, but he is also seeking redress under the law. The state attorney violated a variety of mandates when she dismissed the information technology director from his post with her office.
The man is seeking $5 million or more in damages. He also wants to return to his position at the state attorney’s office.
Attorneys in the case say they want to send a message to the state attorney about her poor employment practices. This man was a hard-working, dedicated employee who was fired for an illegal reason. If you, too, are a trusted employee who has received an unfair employment action, consider seeking the assistance of a qualified workplace attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your rights and responsibilities, allowing you to get the compensation and professional reputation you deserve after being abused in the workplace. You do not have to suffer in silence. Contact an experienced attorney today.
jacksonville.com, “Former IT director sues State Attorney Angela Corey for wrongful termination” Larry Hannan, Aug. 01, 2013