Fired From Dodgers Job, Wife Fights Back

It's a major league divorce battle with a couple of sore losers.

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt fired his team's CEO and wife of 30 years after she began divorce proceedings.

And now she wants her $2 million job back.

Baseball's "War of the Roses" began just before the Dodgers lost the National League playoffs to the Philadelphia Phillies last week.

Frank McCourt threw a curveball at his wife, sending her a formal "notice of termination" posted on Dodgers letterhead, firing her just two weeks before their 30th wedding anniversary.

New York celebrity lawyer Raoul Felder said the case is more like the Cold War and the couple is destined for "mutually assured destruction.

"You get a case like this -- a MAD divorce -- and there are no winners," he told "It's a real mess. What's complicated is they both have stakes in the company. This is going to be good viewing. This divorce is going to be a lot of fun."

Jamie McCourt, 55, has filed a complaint with team attorneys that the move was tantamount to workplace harassment.

She is suing for divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences and, in court documents, she has also asked a judge to give her all the perks that go with the job -- private jet travel, five-star resorts and use of the Dodgers' owners' suite.

Jamie McCourt, 56, also wants $321,000 a month in support if she can get her job back or $488,000 a month if she stays unemployed.

The couple separated in July, when Jamie McCourt asked her husband to move out of their Malibu home. Married since 1979, they have four sons, 19 to 28 years old.

According to Radar Online, the couple met in college and has no prenuptial agreement.

Court documents filed by Jamie McCourt listed their net worth as more than $1.2 billion, including four homes in Los Angeles, two in Massachusetts and a condo in Vail, Colo., as well as ranchland in Montana and property in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

In court documents, Frank McCourt accused his wife of taking a trip with her bodyguard in early July to Israel on Dodgers business, but then traveling to France for 2½ weeks and billing the team.

He also said his wife did not give him information about her assignments as chief executive.

Dodger McCourt Says He Can Fire Wife at Will

The Dodgers owner has said he can fire his wife, an at-will employee, for any reason he wants.

Legal experts aren't so sure that was a home run, however.

"That's not a good move on several counts," said Linda Lea Viken, senior vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. "First of all, it looks bad publicly and the judge is a human being and human beings don't like people treating each other badly. Second, if this woman is working for him and is paid money, she is now out of a job, and guess who will have to pay for her."

Dollar for dollar, alimony is also a better tax deduction than writing off her salary as a business expense, according to Viken, a South Dakota lawyer, who has handled similar husband-wife business cases.

If the relationship is truly toxic, she advises her clients to ask for a court order.

"Tell the judge the situation is intolerable," she told

"You have to think about how this is perceived and the net effect," Viken said. "The net effect is she doesn't have a job and now you'll pay."

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