A New Jersey jury in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Camden County has awarded former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitchell 威廉姆斯 $1,565,333 in a wrongful termination action he filed against 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network, Inc. Mitchell 威廉姆斯 v. The 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network, Inc., et al.,编号L-3675-14。

威廉姆斯, nicknamed “Wild Thing,” played professional baseball from 1986 until 1997, 和 was an All-Star in 1989. Over the course of his career, 威廉姆斯 played for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago Cubs, the Houston 如tros, the Kansas City Royals, 和 the California Angels. In 2009, 威廉姆斯 became a major league baseball studio analyst for 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network. In 2011, 威廉姆斯 signed a new five-year contract (with an option for a sixth year) with 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network, but his employment was terminated in 2014.

In 2014年9月, 威廉姆斯 sued 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network 和 Gawker Media Group Inc., alleging that Gawker erroneously reported that, during a May 2014 Little League baseball tournament, 威廉姆斯 cursed out a child while coaching his 10-year-old son’s Little League team, ordered 上 e of his son’s teammates to hit the opposing pitcher with a beanball, 和 was ejected from the game for arguing 和 cursing.

威廉姆斯’ action further alleged that, following the erroneous Gawker reports, 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network: (1) issued public statements that suggested 威廉姆斯 had admitted to the reported misconduct at the Little League tournament; (2) forced 威廉姆斯 to take a 30-day leave of absence from 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network; (3) threatened to terminate 威廉姆斯’ employment unless he signed an amendment to his contract agreeing not to coach or attend any of his children’s Little League baseball games, go to therapy, 和 get approval before posting any pictures 上 Facebook; 和 (4) terminated 威廉姆斯 employment when refused to sign the amendment. 威廉姆斯 claimed that, as a result of 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network’s 和 Gawker’s conduct, he also lost jobs with 美国职业棒球大联盟.com, 体育 Network, 和 Fox 体育.

The case went to trial in 2017年六月. After an 11-day trial, the jury rejected 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network’s claim that 威廉姆斯 had violated a “morals clause” in his contract. The jury found that 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network wrongfully terminated 威廉姆斯, 和 breached his contract, when it fired him based 上 the Gawker stories. The jury then awarded 威廉姆斯 $1,565,333 in damages. Gawker Media Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy, 和 was dismissed from the case, in 2016.

此案提醒我们,雇主应根据第三方的负面报告,对雇员采取不利的雇佣行动之前,应谨慎谨慎地采取行动。 在可能的情况下,雇主应依靠自己进行后续调查,并确保所有负面报告的准确性。

威廉姆斯 v. The 美国职业棒球大联盟 Network 明确表示,如果第三方’的报告不准确,雇主可能最终要付出代价。

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