Ms. Sheridan claims that the show's creator hit her while filming in 2008. She complained to Touchstone, and they retaliated by killing her! That sounds pretty harsh . . . no, wait . . . they killed her character on the show. My bad. The end result was that Ms. Sheridan no longer had a spot on the show.
She filed a claim for wrongful termination that went all the way to trial. The trial ended with a deadlocked jury. Before a retrial, Touchstone appealed claiming that they never terminated Ms. Sheridan. Instead, they just decided not to renew her contract. That seems like a pretty solid argument - how can you wrongfully terminate someone if you don't terminate them?
In a classic case of good news-bad news for Touchstone, the California appellate court agreed with them that Ms. Sheridan can't bring a wrongful termination claim based on Touchstone's decision to not renew her contract. But, she can amend her complaint to bring a new claim! California statute prohibits discrimination against an employee "because of the employee's complaints about unsafe work conditions."
Well, if you liked the first season of this lawsuit, great news! - It sounds like it just got picked up for another season.
HT: https://twitter.com/heatherbussing via email.