Police officer alleges he was terminated in retaliation from job with U.S. Navy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Ventura County law enforcement officer alleges he was terminated in retaliation for reporting potential violations of federal law.

John Nichols filed a complaint on June 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against The United States of America, David Dimmick, Joseph Burpo and Does 1 to 100 alleging retaliation and wrongful termination

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was stripped of his security clearance by the Department of the Navy in 2017, thereby effectively terminating his employment with the Navy, after he reported policy violations and potential criminal acts.

The plaintiff holds defendants responsible because they allegedly terminated him because he disclosed information he had a reasonable cause to believe constituted a violation of law.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks for punitive and exemplary damages, attorney fees, prejudgment interest, costs of suit, and such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Peter J. Horton of Newman & Horton LLP in Moorpark.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-05459-AB-MAA

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