Wrongful Termination: A Master List

Since the beginning of October, multiple women shared their experiences with elected officials, entertainers, and journalists. The New York Times has done a fantastic job keeping track of the individuals we’ve held accountable, but they do not report on those who don’t face any fallout.

I’m happy to see that victims of sexual abuse are feeling empowered to tell their stories. This leads me to wonder, though, what about the individuals that do not face retribution? And worse, what about the victims who face retribution for reporting their experience?

Federal law protects employees from retaliation, as it’s considered wrongful termination to fire an employee for coming forward to report an unsuitable workplace environment (sexual abuse or otherwise), and yet, it still happens.

Here is a list of such cases, where employees have been disciplined, suspended, fired, or silenced for reporting on their experience.


Monster Energy Drink/Coca-Cola
Exclusive: 5 Women Sue Monster Energy Over Abusive, Discriminatory Culture January 23, 2018

Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, to quit U.S. House race December 15, 2017

NFL Network
Marshall Faulk, others accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by former NFL Network employee  December 12, 2017

Office of Blake Farenthold (R-TX 27th District)
A congressman’s accuser: Blackballed and baby-sitting for cash December 4, 2017

Matt Lauer Accused of Sexual Harassment by Multiple Women (EXCLUSIVE) November 21, 2017

Office of Representative John Conyers (D-MI 13th District)
She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.  November 21, 2017

Branch County, Michigan
Branch County prosecutor under fire amid sexual harassment complaints November 21, 2017

The State of California
They reported sex harassment in state jobs and found ‘retaliation is alive and well’ November 20, 2017

Clover Park School District (Lakewood, WA)
Lakewood school employee claims firing was retaliation November 16, 2017

Florida State Legislator
Attorney fears retaliation for woman accusing Sen. Latvala of sexual harassment November 14, 2017

Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Huntsville, AL)
Veteran deputy files lawsuit against Madison County Sheriff’s Office, claims he was punished for aiding colleague facing harassment November 3, 2017

NBCUniversal Faces Wrongful-Termination Suit Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations November 2, 2017

Warner Bros.
Ex-‘Bachelorette’ segment producer discusses why she sued Warner Bros., alleging sexual harassment October 30, 2017

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (Palos Hills, Illinois)
Ill. cheerleading coach claims she’s being fired for reporting AD for sexual harassment October 26, 2017

City of San Diego
Female firefighter recruit sues San Diego for sexual harassment, retaliation October 24, 2017

One of Sony’s most beloved game studios is facing sexual harassment charges from a former employee October 17, 2017

Iowa State Senate
$1.75 Million Settlement Now Official for State Worker Fired After Reporting Sexual Harassment October 2, 2017

St. Louis Jobs Corps Center
Man claims he was fired for reporting sexual harassment August 24, 2017

SoFi Employee Says He Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment August 14, 2017

Walt Disney Company
Disney Channel Exec Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment August 2, 2017

Tesla fires female engineer who alleged sexual harassment June 1, 2017

Grimmway Farms
Grimmway Farms faces fresh complaint of harassment, wrongful termination May 25, 2017

Former Uber Employee Says He Was Fired For Reporting Harassment May 19, 2017

Former BET Executive Cites ‘Reckless and Inhumane’ Treatment in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit May 14, 2017

MTV Settles Rape Lawsuit With Real World Alum After Implying She Asked for It October 26, 2012



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