A Florida choose has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former NFL kicker Josh Lambo towards the Jacksonville Jaguars through which he sought again pay and damages for emotional misery allegedly inflicted by the group’s former head coach City Meyer, whom he accused of making a “hostile work environment.”
The lawsuit, filed in Might within the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court docket in Duval County, was dismissed with out prejudice by Judge G.L. Feltel Jr. on November 8, in accordance with court docket information.
Lambo was given 21 days to file an amended grievance. Lambo’s legal professional, Betsy Brown, advised CNN her consumer intends to take action.
The choose tossed the case after the Jaguars filed a movement in July to dismiss the lawsuit, contending Lambo “is not a whistleblower or a victim of retaliation,” as he argued within the grievance.
The Jaguars stated Lambo admitted within the grievance that the membership “separated his employment due to his unsatisfactory performance on the football field.”
The group claimed that whereas Lambo’s go well with alleged wrongdoing on Meyer’s half, it failed “to show Meyer’s actions were committed within the scope of his employment or ratified by the team.”
Additional, the group argued the alleged conduct Lambo complained about was not protected exercise below the Florida Whistleblower Act.
CNN has reached out to the Jaguars for remark.
Within the lawsuit, Lambo stated that in a follow in August 2021, Meyer “kicked him in the leg, and used profanity to insult (him) and warn him to make his kicks. Specifically, (Meyer) allegedly screamed at (Lambo), ‘Hey Dips**t, make your f**king kicks!’”
Lambo responded to Meyer, telling the coach, “‘Don’t you ever f**king kick me again!’ [Meyer] responded, “I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f**k I want,’” in accordance with the lawsuit
Meyer denied Lambo’s allegations to the Tampa Bay Instances in December.
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer advised the paper. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up. I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”
The lawsuit alleged Lambo knowledgeable the Jaguars in regards to the incident by way of his agent, Richard Irvin, however the group “did not initiate an investigation” nor “intervene in the close working conditions” between the 2.
The Jaguars minimize Lambo in October after the kicker missed all three of his field-goal makes an attempt within the first three weeks of the 2021 season. Lambo’s lawsuit stated his missed discipline objectives “did not cause any losses for the Jaguars.”
In accordance with the lawsuit, Lambo claimed his launch violated the Florida Personal Sector Whistle-blower’s Act “concerning assault, battery, and workplace violence in furtherance of an employer’s interest.”
After he was minimize, the lawsuit alleged, Lambo “suffered professional ramifications including lost wages, benefits and other remuneration, as well as extreme emotional and mental distress because of the harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation” by the Jaguars.
The Jaguars fired Meyer in December 2021 after 13 video games (2-11) in his first NFL teaching season.