Wyndham sued by Figari Law Firm for dismissing whistleblowers

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Four former employees allege the timeshare firm retaliated when they refused to lie, commit fraud

A lawsuit has been filed against Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Wyndham Worldwide Corp. on behalf of four former employees who allege they were forced from their jobs because they refused to lie to customers, forge documents, and participate in other fraudulent practices.

The wrongful termination suit filed this month by Pasadena civil rights attorney Barbara Figari in San Diego Superior Court ( Case #37-2013-00069384-CU-WT-CTL) alleges the four were retaliated against for refusing to engage in illegal conduct. Figari said, "My clients allege that there was a pattern of fraudulent conduct that they refused to participate in and tried to stop.”

The suit was filed on behalf of Adam Sandor, Paul Hancock, Anthony Shanks and Michael Carr, who all worked at various Wyndham San Diego area timeshare sales offices.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs were disciplined and, in some cases fired, for refusing to forge customer’s signatures or remove legally mandated disclosure information from sales material that informed consumers of their right to rescind purchases.

The lawsuit also alleges that managers in various Wyndham San Diego locations directed the plaintiffs to provide deceptive information to encourage consumers to apply for a “Wyndham Rewards” card that would supposedly offset maintenance fees but in reality had a “bill me later” feature resulting in a $10,000 bill and an interest rate increase from 0% to 23% six months later.

This release was written and researched by The Figari Law Firm.

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