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ARTICLE ID 188958

$________ Retaliatory Termination – Claimed adverse employment action taken against police officer – Alleged retaliatory discharge from police force.

U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida

This action was brought against the defendant city by one of its former police officers. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant’s police chief took adverse employment action against him and then terminated him in retaliation for the plaintiff observing the chief in an intoxicated state and telling him not to drive a vehicle.

The plaintiff claimed that the defendant’s police chief arrived at the scene of a crime with obvious signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, the smell of alcohol and an unsteady gait. The plaintiff alleged that the chief drove away from the scene in a police vehicle at high speed, despite the plaintiff’s instructions that he should not drive a motor vehicle.

The plaintiff alleged that, in retaliation for his telling the chief that he should not drive while drunk, the chief took adverse employment action against him. The plaintiff claimed that he was transferred to a less-desirable work shift and denied the specialized police training he requested. The plaintiff alleged that he was ultimately terminated from his police position and that his termination was retaliatory in nature.

The defense contended that the plaintiff’s termination, which occurred more than a year after the alleged incident, was related to a required reduction in police workforce.The case was settled for $________ prior to trial.

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