There are state and federal laws in place, which prohibit employers in Texas, and elsewhere, from firing workers for certain reasons, including their race, religious beliefs or sex. Even in cases when employers act in accordance with the law, some terminated employees may feel that they were let go without proper cause. As such, they may choose to take legal action, which could be costly and disruptive to business.
According to reports, Craig James, a former football analyst, recently filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination against Fox Sports. The network hired James to participate in its college football coverage. He worked in the studio on the season’s opening day, but he was fired the next day. James purportedly believes his alleged wrongful discharge was religious discrimination as a result of opinions he voiced regarding gay marriage during his 2012 U.S. Senate run.
Fox Sports reportedly intends to fight the lawsuit, claiming that discrimination played no part in the analyst’s termination. Instead, the network suggests that James’ firing was related to his on-air claims while working at ESPN that the Texas Tech football coach was mistreating his son. These allegations ultimately led to the coach’s dismissal. It was perceived that he had previously used an on-air position to further his own personal beliefs.
When Texas businesses are accused of violating employment regulations, it can impact their reputation, operation and futures. As such, it may be of benefit for employers of all sizes who are dealing with discrimination, harassment and other employment disputes to work with an attorney. A legal representative may help them to understand their options for achieving an expeditious resolution.
Source: Dallas Morning News, “Craig James sues over firing: ‘I will not let Fox Sports trample my religious liberty’,” Robert Wilonsky, Aug. 3, 2015