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Nicollette Sheridan was dealt a major blow in her ongoing legal battle against her former employers at Desperate Housewives. An appeals court shot down her wrongful termination claim against Touchstone Television Productions.
If you recall, Nicollette sued for $20 million in 2010 claiming that she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry “slapped her during a rehearsal.”
But, he claimed—he was merely giving her ‘stage direction.’
The judge decided yesterday that Nicollette doesn’t have a case; at least a wrongful termination case, ”Sheridan cannot pursue a cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy because, contrary to what she claims, she was not fired, discharged or terminated. Instead, Touchstone chose only not to exercise its option to renew her contract for the next season.”
Nicollette however, is still able to pursue legal action via a section of the California Labor Code that bars employers from retaliating against employees who complain about ‘unsafe working conditions.’
This makes it sound like Nicollette was working in a coal mine…
The girl simply got bi**h slapped!
Nicollette Sheridan has waited four long years for vindication after she was terminated from her job.
Her character was killed off from Desperate Housewives after she was smacked in the head by the show’s producer, Mark Cherry, during a rehearsal. It was a two week long trial and she almost got the payday she was hoping for, but she was one jury short of a $6mil victory. The jury was hung at 8-4 in her favor and was declared a mistrial. The case will have to be brought to trial again if she wants to pursue a verdict.
Nicollette Sheridan took the stand yesterday in the trial against her former boss, the creator of the Desperate Housewives, Mark Cherry. Nicollette is accusing him of hitting her twice after she questioned him about a line in the script and is suing for $6mil for wrongful termination after her character was killed off following the assault.
She demonstrated to the court how he hit her twice in her face in a fit of anger. She described it as a ‘nice wallop across the head’ and said, “I’m not accustomed to being hit. It was shocking, humiliating, demeaning, and it was unfathomable to me that I’d just been hit by my boss.” Mark begged her for forgiveness for months before finally killing off her character.
Nicollette said that she became concerned once she realized she was making a lot less than her co-stars. The other Housewives stars, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, James Denton, Marcia Cross and Neal McDonough, have all been called to testify on Mark’s behalf, so it will be interesting to hear what they have to say in court.