April 6th, 2012

Imagine accepting the job of your dreams only to have the offer retracted? This is what happened to Jimmy Williams in 2007 when he was offered to serve under the head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. He filed a wrongful termination suit and in 2010 was awarded $1 million. The case was appealed and is now heading to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The University of Minnesota decided to appeal the 2010 decision because it felt that the award could harm the school now and in the future. The plaintiff in this case feels that the university is just dragging out the process and doesn’t want to pay the award.

The Minnesota Supreme Court is now going to hear oral arguments May 3 on the case.

Williams originally brought the suit against the University because the head basketball coach offered him a job in March 2007. At the time, Williams was the assistant coach at Oklahoma State University and quit his job upon accepting the offer from the University of Minnesota.

The athletic director at the University of Minnesota denied the head basketball coach’s decision to hire Williams citing violations that occurred when he previously worked at the University of Minnesota. When Williams heard that he was denied the position, that’s when he brought the suit against the head basketball coach and the University. He ended up with no job and no other prospects at the time.

While we don’t know how the Minnesota Supreme Court will rule in this case, if you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated, you should seek the advice an employment law attorney. They understand the complexity of these types of cases and will work with you to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Source: Minnesota Daily, “Minnesota Supreme Court sets appeal trial date,” Andrew Krammer, April 4, 2012.

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