While the following story doesn't originate from Fort Lauderdale or Florida, it does involve a wrongful termination lawsuit and some shady circumstances that led to a prosecutor losing his job. The case stems from circumstances that go back seven years in the state of Massachusetts.
Back in 2010, Timothy J. Cruz was running a re-election campaign for his district attorney position. At the time, the prosecutor in question for this story did not contribute to Cruz's campaign. He was fired in 2012 just months before he would have reached a date that would have locked in his 20-year pension plan. The prosecutor filed a lawsuit four years ago against Cruz, alleging that he fired him for not contributing to the campaign and to rob him of the chance of reaching that "vesting" date.
The lawsuit was just recently settled out of court for $248,000. As part of that settlement, the prosecutor will receive $150,000 and his employment period will be changed to reflect that he did meet the vesting threshold for his pension.
There are a couple of things to takeaway from this story. The first is that wrongful termination lawsuits -- and employment cases in general -- can take a long time. If you are in the middle of a lawsuit like this, remember to be patient. Justice can take time, but once it achieved, you will feel accomplished and justified.
The other thing to remember here is that while your employer has a lot of power, they don't have unlimited power. They can't, and shouldn't, get away with their illegal actions against you.
Source: Boston Globe, "Plymouth DA settles wrongful termination suit for $248,000 brought by former prosecutor," Danny McDonald, Nov. 22, 2017