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WA Post Office Goes Postal on Worker Over Netflix

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By Minara El-Rahman on November 30, 2009 8:46 AM

A former postal supervisor in Spokane, Washington plans on suing over wrongful termination over his refusal to accept a late delivery of Netflix DVDs. He claims that the WA Post Office fired him because he refused to process the DVDs.

The Daily News Online reports that John A. Branda refused to accept the shipment of 20,000 DVDs because they arrived several minutes past 6:00 pm.

Mr. Branda was in charge of supervising the Postal Service's inbound bulk mail receiving area at a WA post office processing plant near an airport in Spokane.

When Mr. Branda went home that evening, he claims that he received a call from a Netflix employee and then by a Netflix executive requesting him to process the shipment. Mr. Branda claims that both Netflix callers threatened that if he did not process the shipment that Mr. Branda would suffer the consequences.

Mr. Branda's attorney was quoted as saying: "John was told that unless he (took the mailings) they would 'escalate' this incident."

Sure enough, Mr. Branda was placed on administrative leave soon after and then fired. He believes that there was wrongful termination in the mix.

Mr. Branda claims to never have had any previous disciplinary problems with his employer.

This lawsuit brings up the question: What do you do if you think you have been wrongly terminated?

1. Don't act on any negative instincts against your employer.
2. Contact an employment attprney for advice and representation.
3. If you have an employment contract, become familiar with the provisions of the agreement.
4. Inquire about the reasons for your termination.
5. Find out who decided to fire you.
6. Request to view your personnel file.
7. Review promises made by your employer and gather evidence of those promises.
8. Request and negotiate a severance package.
9. Confirm all agreements regarding your termination and severance in writing.
10. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated.
11. Return all company property and follow any other common post-employment procedures.

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