A real estate issue between brothers turned into a legal battle leaving one member of the Flynt family responsible for paying hefty legal bills. Jimmy Flynt, the estranged brother of Hustler magazine founder and publisher Larry Flynt, will receive more than $170,000.00 to cover the legal costs associated with his fight to keep from being evicted from a storefront in Cincinnati.
Larry Flynt’s legal team seemed to not object to the original ruling that the publisher should pay the legal fees, the appeal stemmed from the fact that they felt the stated fees were unreasonable and excessive. The District Court of Appeals of Cincinnati heard testimony from both sides and the original decision was upheld.
This isn’t the first or only legal battle between the Flynt brothers. The two have been fighting in and out of court ever since Jimmy was let go from his position with Hustler in 2009. The lengthy and ongoing lawsuits involve allegations of wrongful termination and unfair practices and seek total monetary damages in excess of twenty million dollars.
Rulings have already been handed down that Larry Flynt is the sole proprietor of the business he founded and built and that his brother is not entitled to half of the company’s net worth. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that efforts for lost wages are in vain, the likelihood of Jimmy Flynt collecting more than twenty million dollars will be unlikely without a powerful legal team and some very compelling evidence.
ost wrongful termination lawsuits or battles over legal fees and court costs don’t involve quite the sum of money as this one, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as complex. If you feel as though you have been unfairly terminated or discriminated against at work you need to seek legal help immediately. An experienced attorney can evaluate your claim and provide the best advice on how to pursue your case to get any lost wages or damages you might be entitled to.
In California, it is unlawful under Fair Employment and Housing laws to terminate an employee for an unlawful reason, such as race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation.
Further, California law prohibits the firing of an employee for reasons that are fundamental to public policy, called a “Tameny” claim. Only employees (not independent contractors) can bring Tameny claims, and no Tameny claims may be brought against supervisors. Tameny claims cannot be brought against public entities.
Common unlawful reasons triggering a Tameny claim include termination of an employee based on prohibited characteristics, such as race, nationality, gender, age, etc., violation of family or medical leave laws, the employee’s attempt to maintain a safe working place, termination for refusal to sign a non-compete clause, termination for refusing to release the employer from liability for intentional acts, whistleblowing, testifying at hearings, jury service, discussing wages with co-workers, political activity, reporting fraudulent businesses practices, misrepresentations in employment, violations of labor code laws, or other lawful conduct occurring during nonworking hours away from the employer’s premises.
Reasons that do not trigger a Tameny claim include termination for reporting a coworker’s violation of internal policies and practices, termination for reporting a coworker’s prior bad acts (i.e., workplace “tattling”), termination for reporting misappropriation of the employers’ funds, termination for refusing to agree to arbitration, termination for refusing a drug test, termination for asserting fraud claims against the employer, termination for refusing to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit, termination for exercising free speech rights, use of medical marijuana, or others.
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