California pro football fans may have heard of Erin Henderson. He was on the New York Jets roster until he was released in February after the team declined to pick up his option for 2017. The option would have been worth $2.25 million. Henderson claims that he was wrongfully terminated and was discriminated against because of a disability. In a lawsuit, he seeks $3.3 million in compensatory damages in addition to punitive damages.
On Sept. 14, an attorney for the former player wrote a letter to a team representative indicating that a lawsuit was coming if the sides couldn't come to an agreement. According to the lawsuit, the team failed to pay $580,871 in salary and a $250,000 bonus after being placed on a non-football injury list in October 2016. Although this was allowed under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players union, Henderson's attorney claims that the Jets violated New Jersey law.
This was because Henderson was allegedly never given a reason for having his salary withheld. Although Henderson filed a grievance through the NFLPA against the Jets in June, the team simply said that he wasn't fit to play. However, the lawsuit claimed that by not giving a specific reason, teams may have believed that he was struggling with alcohol again, which may have scared them off.
Workers who believe that their employers have violated employment law may wish to talk with an attorney. It may be possible to learn more about how to take action against an employer who may have engaged in wrongful termination. If an individual is successful in his or her legal action, it may be possible to win compensation for back pay plus interest.