Former Employee Sues for Unfair Treatment
Employers are required to treat their employees fairly and must abide by all government statutes. When an employer is guilty of unfair treatment, an employee can file a formal complaint with a labor agency to have them sanctioned and fined. In addition, an employee may be eligible for a damages award.
Unfair treatment comes in many different forms, the most common being discrimination. Under California employment laws, an employer cannot discriminate against an employee due to their race or marital status, among other grounds. If they do, it could be considered unfair treatment.
In a case developing against the Savannah State University, an ex-football coach (Robert Wells) has sued his employer due to unfair treatment that arose after knowledge of his engagement to an African-American came to light. According to Wells, many school officials informed him that the university and local residents would not favor his decision to marry his wife.
Wells was actually the first Caucasian coach and he was able to dramatically improve the team’s success rate during his term. When he decided to partake in a show that was hosted by his fiancée, school officials disapproved of her, subjecting him to unfair treatment. At the end of January 2010, the coach was given the ultimatum of either resigning or be subject to termination. The employer contends that the discharge was due to noncompliance of university’s recruiting rules, which Wells denies.
In this case, if the employer were found guilty of unfair treatment, it would violate the ex-employee’s right to marital status protections. It should not matter that an employee is going to be married to a person of another race.