Wisconsin fans of the once-popular television series "Desperate Housewives" may have heard that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge entered a surprising reversal of an earlier decision in favor of one of its stars. He moved to allow fired star Nicollette Sheridan another chance to seek $20 million for her alleged wrongful termination from the series. She had been cut from the hit show during its fifth season, according to NBC News. The judge provided no explanation for his decision.
Although the California appellate court declined to allow her appeal, it did suggest to Sheridan that she pursue the matter by refiling under the California Labor Code. The tactic paid off when the new judge reversed the earlier ruling that disallowed the appeal, which cleared the actress to seek another trial in the matter.
Whether or not they are famous, employees have several forms of protection against unlawful discrimination, wrongful dismissal and other alleged of employment law. One of the actress' claims is that her termination was in retaliation for her claim of unsafe working conditions. If proven, this could be a statutory violation potentially entitling her to damages.
Source: USA Today, "Nicollette Sheridan granted new 'Housewives' trial", Ann Oldenburg, January 30, 2014