Mike Bolsinger, former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, filed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros on Monday, February 10th, 2020, claiming that the Astros effectively caused him to be cut from the Dodgers. In an August 4th game during the 2017 MLB season, Bolsinger appeared as a relief pitcher and allowed the Astros to amass four runs, four hits, and three walks. He was taken out of the inning and immediately cut from the team. He went down to a lesser league and did not pitch again in the major league.
Because of the poor performance, Bolsinger claims that his career was totally altered. He was cut due to the performance, a performance that, in his eyes, would not have occurred if the Astros had not been stealing signs and allowing the batters to be aware of what the pitcher was going to throw.
Bolsinger is not the only individual to cite legal action after the discovery of the sign stealing. Fans have also said that they may want to join a class action lawsuit to collectively sue for the money they spent on what was essentially a game played by cheats.
If Bolsinger is successful in his claim, it could be one of the first cases of its kind, and could pave the way for future athletes to fight back against rigged systems and cheating.
Wrongful Termination Information
In California, employment is at-will, meaning that workers can be terminated at any point for any reasons. However, a worker cannot be fired for an illegal reason, such as discrimination, and he cannot be fired in breach of contract. Bolsinger’s contract may have stated that he could be terminated only for a specific reason, and his sudden termination could be in violation of it. Further, the fact that he has not been able to secure another pitching position in the major league could indicate that he was blacklisted and shunned by the teams.
If you wish to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer, you should adequately investigate and gather evidence. You should search for the following:
- Statements from coworkers indicating that you were wrongfully fired
- Testimonies from others at your workplace (although it can be hard to get these pieces of evidence, as the workers may fear retaliation if they support you and go against the company)
- Documents showing a plan to remove you
- Audio recordings, videos, security footage, or other physical proof that can uphold the fact that you were wrongfully and illegally fired, or that your boss was planning to terminate you
- A journal that relays the occurrence of the wrongful termination, what led up to it, who was involved, the date it happened, and more pertinent information
- Emails, messages, or notes with instructions or details on the termination
- A copy of your contract or any documents you signed that outline the terms of your employment and termination
Upon getting this evidence, you should contact a wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles. We will be able to sort through your proof and properly organize it. We can also hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf and ensure that your case is supported with the strongest pillars possible. It is also wise to seek legal representation because you may not have any legal experience yourself; if you try to move forward with a claim, you might not succeed or get very far. We can handle all the legwork while you focus your efforts elsewhere.
Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Compensation
Victims of wrongful termination can receive various forms of compensation if their lawsuit is successful. You could be fully covered and receive the following:
- Reimbursement of missed income, lost benefits, missed promotions, lost tips, lost bonuses, and more
- Reinstatement into your previous position if you choose to return, but many individuals opt not to unless the responsible supervisor or manager has been terminated and will not have a bearing on their jobs anymore
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional anxiety, PTSD, fear, and more
You should not be expected to cover these expenses if you were wrongfully terminated. Our attorneys will ensure that you fairly compensated for your losses.
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Our firm is well known for its ability to litigate high-profile claims and to ensure that workers are fairly treated. We dedicate ourselves to preserving the rights of all employees and we will stop at nothing to secure worthwhile settlements for our clients. To date, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for wrongfully terminated workers and other victims of discrimination in the workplace. We are willing to go to court if necessary to defend you in front of a judge.
For a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact our law firm today. We’ll walk you through the legal process, tell you what we think your claim is worth, and answer all your questions. If you hire us, we’ll also ensure you pay no out of pocket fees for our services. Our zero fee guarantee means that we only get paid if we win, and if we lose, we take nothing whatsoever. The settlement will cover our legal bills.
If you wish to file a wrongful termination claim, contact our firm today.