Termination of Employment

Laid-off DOC teachers get partial victory in appeal challenging protocol

April 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Correction followed appropriate protocol when it laid off several institutional teachers in 2009, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday. The court did find, however, the DOC erred in the process of selecting those employees for re-employment in other positions.
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Judge awards $850,000 to 8 fired Anderson city workers

April 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled the city of Anderson must pay about $850,000 to eight people who were fired when a new mayor took office in 2012.
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Fired worker still entitled to temporary disability benefits

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A worker who was injured on the job and was later fired for cause is still entitled to disability benefits, despite his misconduct, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Justices hold mayor lacked authority to fire utilities superintendent

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Supreme Court held Wednesday that a mayor did not have statutory authority to terminate his city’s utilities superintendent, writing in an opinion that “may well offend sound public policy” that only the utilities board can terminate the superintendent with cause, notice and a hearing.
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Former IDEM employee's lawsuit highlights risks, rewards for whistleblowers

January 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Suzanne Esserman claims the Indiana Department of Environmental Management fired her for questioning payments to private contractors, so she's filed a whistleblower lawsuit.
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Indiana clerk who refused same-sex marriage license loses lawsuit

December 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A southern Indiana deputy clerk who was fired after she refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple lost her civil-rights lawsuit against the county clerk. Her suit claimed religious discrimination on the basis of her avowed Christian belief that same-sex marriage is “against God’s law,” which is “above legal law.”
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Federal lawsuit victor puts the ‘pro’ in pro se

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
An ex-teacher who won a $203,840 due process jury award in his lawsuit over his termination speaks out.
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ITT Educational employees file lawsuit over sudden terminations

September 7, 2016
IBJ Staff
Two employees who were terminated Tuesday as part of mass layoff by ITT Educational Services Inc. have filed a lawsuit claiming the Carmel-based firm violated federal law by failing to provide 60-days notice.
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Deputy prosecutor fired after not sharing victim's falsehood

July 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana prosecutor has been fired after not revealing one of two purported victims made up at least part of the accusations against a molesting suspect acquitted after being held without bond for three years.
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7th Circuit affirms judgment for employee on ADA claim

June 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment for an employee who claimed the city of Anderson did not accommodate his disability when it fired him for not having a commercial driver’s license he could no longer get because of his diabetes.
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COA reverses grant of woman’s unemployment benefits

June 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed unemployment benefits awarded to a woman after it found she did have notice her job was in jeopardy despite various notes thanking her for her help in office matters she received from her employer.
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ITT Educational terminates chief legal officer

June 13, 2016
IBJ Staff
ITT Educational Services, the embattled Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges in 38 states, has terminated its chief administrative and legal officer after less than two years on the job.
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COA majority: Mayor has power to terminate utility superintendent

June 8, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in a split decision Wednesday for former city of Lawrence Utilities Board Superintendent Carlton Curry, finding the newly elected mayor had authority to terminate Curry’s employment and therefore Curry can't prevail on a wrongful discharge claim.
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7th Circuit: No discrimination in firing

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a woman did not suffer discrimination and the company did not retaliate against her for filing a workers’ compensation claim after she was fired for extending her medical leave.
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Fired Anderson workers who won lawsuit want city jobs back

March 28, 2016
 Associated Press
Some former Anderson city workers who won a federal lawsuit after they were fired when a new mayor took office want their old jobs back.
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Jury rules ex-Anderson mayor improperly fired workers

March 23, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A federal jury has found that 11 people were improperly fired from their Anderson city government jobs after a new mayor took office.
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7th Circuit: Woman has no claim for tortious interference

March 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Indiana Southern District Court ruling throwing out a woman’s suit against her employer because she failed to state a claim for tortious interference under Indiana law.
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COA: man not entitled to relief under firearms statute

March 3, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned a man’s request for summary judgment after he was fired for bringing a gun to work and instead granted summary judgment to his ex-employer after it found the man was not entitled to relief under statute or common law.
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Former dentistry clinic director sues IU over firing

February 26, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A former clinic director at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis who was fired last year after students complained he inappropriately touched them is suing to get his job back, saying he was denied a fair hearing
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COA upholds jury verdict in fired worker’s complaint

February 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from Elkhart Superior Court that a man was entitled to $412,680 in compensatory and punitive damages after his employer fired him without cause after he filed a workers’ compensation claim.
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Cardiologist wins $1.58M wrongful firing judgment

February 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis jury recently awarded a cardiologist fired from St. Vincent Medical Group $1.58 million after a two-week trial on his allegations of wrongful termination, breach of contract, tortious interference and other claims.
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COA finds fired highway worker was at-will employee

December 31, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Echoing precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found that an employee handbook is not an employment contract.
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COA: Termination hearing did not comply with Open Door Law

December 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of a southern Indiana school board after finding its holding of a public meeting at 2:30 a.m. regarding the employment of a teacher violated the Open Door Law.
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Former western Indiana town marshal sues, seeks job back

November 30, 2015
 Associated Press
The former town marshal for a western Indiana community is suing town board members, seeking back pay and his job back.
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COA leaves arbitrator’s award in place

November 12, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday declined Madison County’s request that it correct or vacate an arbitrator’s award in favor of two county highway department employees. The appeals court concluded the county circumvented the collective bargaining agreement when it discharged the two employees.
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