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Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, $20 Million Verdict  Patricia Williams was a time share sale representative for Wyndham Vacation Ownership. She was fired after protesting sales practices which were elder financial abuse. Evidence presented at trial revealed showed that Wyndham’s sales practices included “TAFT” days, which stands for “Tell Them Any [email protected]#*ing Thing” days, where employees were encouraged to say anything to make a sale as long as they didn’t put it in writing. The highest selling sales agent was quoted as saying, “I sold my soul to the devil. I can say whatever I want so long as I don’t put it in writing, that’s why Wyndham has good lawyers.” Williams brought two causes of action: (1) wrongful termination in violation of public policy and (2) violation of California Labor Code section 1102.5 (which prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for disclosing information that the employee has reasonable cause to believe discloses a violation of state or federal law). In November 2016, the jury found in favor of Williams on both causes of action and returned a $20 million verdict. Chris Dolan served as co-lead counsel with Anne Costin of Costin Law Inc.

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