Running a business can often be challenging. Employers must weigh each decision against their duty to protect the reputation of the institution. Terminating an employee can be a hard decision to make, but often a necessary one in order for the institution to survive. Many other employees and customers depend on it. However, this can turn into a very stressful situation when employees file wrongful termination lawsuits. A Colorado school had this exact experience recently.
In an essay he wrote in 2001, a University of Colorado professor compared victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center to Nazis. Understandably, this caused many people to be offended, and threatened the reputation of the school. With a tough decision in hand, the school decided to fire the professor. Unfortunately, two years later, a suit was filed by the professor attempting to reclaim his position. The jury ruled in favor of the professor, but the District Court judge overruled that decision, saying the school did not have to reinstate the professor.
The professor then took his case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, which also sided with the university. One may think that the case is now closed, but the professor is once again discontent. Now, four years later, the case is being brought to the Colorado Supreme Court. No information is available on the date of the case, so this issue is likely to be dragged out even longer.
Being sued for wrongful termination can be a stressful experience for any employer. Experienced Denver attorneys understand how complex these employment law cases can be. There may be effective methods to challenge an employee’s lawsuit.
Source: ABC 7 News, “Colorado Supreme Court To Hear Ward Churchill Case,”
Deb Stanley, 31 May 2011