I nicked the phrase “termination plus” from Jeff Londa, one of my fellow shareholders, to refer to a plaintiff that presents more than the usual amount of danger because of additional circumstances. The lead to the story in The Rocky Mountain News, Jury awards $1.4 million to whistle blower, presents a perfect example:
Sandra Simmons will never forget the moment General Steel fired her.
She was driving to the intensive care unit to see her younger sister, who was dying of kidney and liver failure, when the company informed her over the telephone.
Of course the story doesn’t give the company’s side of the story and I am sure there is one. But obviously in this case, it didn’t resonate with the jury.
A hat tip to the Daily Labor Report for the story.