Zain Jaffer, the founder of the mobile advertising company Vungle, was removed from his role as CEO as retaliation for being arrested in October 2017.
Jaffer was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon as well as performing a lewd act on his young son, however, all charges were dropped. Vungle blocked Jaffer from selling any of his stocks, and his relationship with Vungle ended with him being wrongfully terminated .
The lawsuit against Vungle references a segment of California’s labor code where it explicitly says the code, “prohibits discrimination and retaliation by employers based upon arrest or detention that did not result in conviction.”
When Jaffer’s charges from 2017 were dropped, he said “Vungle unfairly and unlawfully sought to destroy my career.” Jaffer’s lawsuit does not state how much money is being sought after, but his attorney Joann Rezzo says at least $100 million worth of damage has been done. Rezzo believes it could potentially be worth even more than the original estimate depending on the discretion of the jury.
If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer and would like to know your rights as an employee in the state of California, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Law Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.