California Toyota Dealership Accused of Wrongful Termination

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Josh Beaulieu, a former technician/mechanic for a Sacramento, California Toyota dealership is suing for alleged defamation, workplace retaliation, wrongful termination and hostile work environment. 

Beaulieu filed the complaint in Kern County on November 2, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The suit was filed against Madland Toyota-Lift Inc. and Mary Madland. Beaulieu alleges malicious treatment amidst other allegations. 

According to the lawsuit, Beaulieu started work for Madland Toyota-Lift in August 2016. He states that on May 23, 2017, he suffered damages as a direct result of his wrongful termination. Damages Beaulieu cites in the complaint include: lost income, loss of employee benefits, emotional distress related to the job loss and mental anguish due to the wrongful termination. 

Beaulieu’s lawsuit states that he was falsely accused of carrying a gun on the job at Madland Toyota-Life in Sacramento, California. He also states that he had previously been subjected to a number of hostile situations by a number of Hispanic employees at the dealership. Beaulieu, plaintiff, alleges that the dealership forced him to retain legal representation when they terminated him in bad faith without any reasonable grounds for the adverse action as well as failing to take appropriate action to protect Beaulieu from oppressive and malicious treatment on the job at the dealership. The plaintiff seeks a trial by jury, damages (both economic and punitive), injunctive relief, attorney’s fees and costs, and any additional relief the court deems fair. 

If you have questions regarding how to respond to a hostile work environment or what constitutes wrongful termination, please get in touch with one of the experienced California employment law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik