There are many people in California who put all of their effort and energy into their careers. This can especially be true for professional athletes. Often, even when they are not training or competing, these athletes are worried about how their choices will impact their physical and mental conditions. Unfortunately, former NFL player Erin Henderson has chosen to pursue litigation after he claims that he was wrongfully terminated by the Jets due to a brain disorder.
Henderson previously played for the Vikings but was cut from the team after he battled alcohol abuse. However, his representative claims that he was placed on the non-football injury list for the Jets in Oct. 2016. This decision was made reportedly because he was suffering from bipolar disorder.
The Jets reportedly declined to continue his employment for the 2017 season. Henderson reportedly filed the lawsuit after he and the Jets were allegedly unable to agree to a private settlement. He is reportedly seeking $3.3 million to cover the remaining amount of his 2016 contract and the amount of his 2017 contract in addition to a roster bonus. Representatives from the Jets declined to comment on the lawsuit.
All professionals in California and across the country, regardless of their occupation, want to ensure that they are treated fairly and according to applicable employment laws. Unfortunately, employers sometimes act in ways that may not be in the best interest of their employees. When such activity occurs, employees may have no other option than to turn to litigation. An attorney with experience with such cases can help victims of wrongful termination fully understand their rights and options and seek appropriate compensation.
Source: New York Daily News, "Erin Henderson files wrongful termination suit vs. Jets, seeks $3.3M in damages," Daniel Popper, Sept. 30, 2017