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Firefighter suing for wrongful termination under employment law

Firemen in California put their lives on the line every day to protect people and property. The California Public Employees Retirement System is an organization put in place to, among other things, help make retirements affordable for firefighters. Companies are mandated to pay into the system if a firefighter works more than 1,000 hours per year. A firefighter is suing for wrongful termination in violation of employment law.

The firefighter in question brought to his employer's attention that part-time firefighters were working beyond 1,000 hours but were not receiving CalPERS benefits. The benefits are mandated by state law. The gentleman who brought this to the chief's attention was told it was not his issue to be concerned about and to not bring it up again. The man passed a promotion exam and received two positive performance evaluations. He also took his concerns regarding CalPERS to the area firefighter's association.

The firefighters association initiated an audit of the police department in question. The individual who initially raised the issue was called in and terminated for failure to complete his probationary period satisfactorily. He offered to resign but was still terminated.

A person in California who performs his job as required is entitled to just compensation for that job as mandated by state law. If a person feels he or she is not receiving full compensation, including retirement benefits, one might want to seek the counsel of an experienced labor law attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the employee's situation and advise him or her of what legal options might be available under employment law.

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