Star Local Media recently published an article covering the wrongful termination lawsuit against Tekin & Associates, a Frisco-based real estate investment and development firm. Former Tekin & Associates employee Amy Reggio filed the wrongful termination lawsuit. Reggio claims her former employer fired her after she said she would not come into work in an effort to comply with shelter-in-place orders. Rogge Dunn Group’s Rogge Dunn and Joshua Iacuone are representing Reggio.
During an interview with Star Local Media, Rogge Dunn referenced the Dallas County shelter-in-place orders that prohibited anyone from leaving their home unless it’s to go to an essential business. “Tekin & Associates is not an essential business,” Dunn said. “Her boss said you need to come to the office, and she said she is following the Dallas County order. So he fired her. Texas law says if an employer fires someone because of their refusal to do something illegal that’s wrongful discharge.”
Dunn said that, to his knowledge, this is the first coronavirus-related wrongful termination lawsuit in Texas. He also added that it’s a groundbreaking case. “I can see others like this if someone is subject to the same thing,” Dunn said. “The takeaway is that employers better check before they fire someone when there is a shelter-in-place order,” he continued. “We’re in unchartered territory, and you can’t make decisions without knowing what the law says.”
To read the full article by Star Local Media, click here.