When you have a job, you want to feel secure and to know that if you see a problem, you can talk about it. Finding out that you may not be safe in your position since you filed a report on safety dangers or other workplace issues is a problem. Facing a wrongful termination lawsuit isn't fun, but it's important to seek help to make sure this kind of treatment doesn't happen to you or others again.
A Texas man who claims he was fired after he reported widespread irregularities in his company's work on the C-17 transport plane used by the U.S. Air Force. That same company had also worked on the Army's UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The man claims the work on that had problems also.
The wrongful termination lawsuit filed in Dallas claims that between 2007 and 2012, the plaintiff witnessed employees at the military contractor where he worked knowingly install defective parts, improperly reused parts and bent parts that weren't meant to be used where they were finally installed. The workers also allegedly failed to perform the correct electrical tests and filed false inspection reports.
The company, Triumph-Vought, may have also defrauded the U.S. Government, he claims. The company allegedly filed false claims for payment through Boeing and told employees not to bring up issues about compliance with contract requirements. The man who filed the lawsuit reported that after he reported the misconduct, he never got a reply. Instead, he was fired.
The Texas man now wants a federal jury to make sure he gets his job back; He is seeking back pay, court costs, attorney fees, and interest on his money.
Source: NBC News, "Military Aircraft Inadequately Built, Tested, Lawsuit Charges" M. Alex Johnson, Jun. 25, 2014