Avila & Shaddow Attorneys at Law
Southern California 866-450-4LAW
San Fernando Valley 818-676-9658
Nationwide Toll Free 866-450-4LAW
E-mail icon Se habla español
Main navigation search

Aggressive Protection of Your Rights Under The Law Schedule a Consultation

Playboy loses wrongful termination suit in California court

Playboy Magazine may be known for a lot of reasons around California and around the world. However, recently a wrongful termination suit has had Playboy Enterprise in the news. The company was sued by a former company executive. The female executive had worked for Playboy for over 10 years when she was terminated. She was 56-years-old when she says she was terminated because of her age and in retaliation for reporting fraud.

The woman says that in order to save money, the company started to systematically fire older workers -- specifically workers that had been with the company for more than 10 years. Before her termination -- which the woman claims she learned about from her replacement -- the woman says that she received ill treatment that was designed to make her fail at her job. She claims she was not told about important meetings, and critical information to her job was withheld.

In addition to these claims, the woman says the company violated the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act -- a federal law -- by retaliating against her for reporting fraud within the company. She says the company did not respect her status as a whistleblower.

The jury agreed with the woman and she recently won the suit. Playboy has been fined $6 million as a result of losing the suit. Additional punitive penalties could be added to this total. Playboy representatives say they are looking into their options on appeal.

Wrongful termination suits -- such as this one -- occur when an employer crosses the line when firing an employee. While most California employees can be fired for any reason, employers cannot fire a person in retaliation for whistleblowing or for discriminatory reasons -- such as the employee's age, race or gender. When these violations occur, employees -- like the woman in this case -- have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation.

Source: The Wrap, "Playboy Must Pay $6 Million to Fired Executive in Largest Federal Whistleblower Verdict Ever," L.A. Ross, March 5, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards & Legal Ability | AV PREEMINENT
  2. Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  3. Avvo
  4. LACBA, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  5. Super Lawyers
  6. California Employment Lawyers Association

Need Help? Have Questions? Contact our attorneys for immediate assistance

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Southern California
21800 Oxnard Street
Suite 1180 - Penthouse
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Toll Free: 866-450-4LAW
Phone: 818-676-9658
Fax: 818-337-7265
Map & Directions