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"Desperate Housewives" star starts new wrongful termination trial

An occupation can provide a great sense of stability. However, it can be shattered by a termination. While one would hope that a termination or layoff is carried out justly, that unfortunately isn't always the case.

"Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan will soon begin a new trial that will continue her wrongful termination lawsuit filed in 2010. The original suit claimed that Sheridan was fired from the ABC hit series after complaining about show creator Marc Cherry hitting her in the head during an argument. The star sued ABC, Touchstone Television and Cherry for $20 million.

However, the jury was unable to reach a decision after being locked in an 8-4 decision favoring Sheridan, resulting in a mistrial. Later, in 2012, a decision from an appeals court said Sheridan was not fired, but instead the studio decided to simply not renew her contract. The basis for the new trial has yet to be given.

While Sheridan's firing and subsequent complaint would be filed under a termination as a result of retaliation from a complaint against an employer, there are other instances which may qualify as a wrongful termination as well. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, an employee can determine whether sexual harassment, contract breach, violation of labor laws or any other factors contributed to the termination. If the proper evidence is collected and presented, an employee may seek punitive damages and even the reinstatement of the position.

While the television star continues to fight her legal battle, keeping the rights of an employee in mind is important for Ohio citizens. While one would hope that they never have to be examined as part of a wrongful termination trial, having general knowledge of the rights and the wherewithal to seek legal guidance if necessary can lead to a just outcome.

Source: 13abc.com, "Nicollette Sheridan gets new Desperate Housewives trial," Sadie Gennis, Jan. 30, 2014

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