December 2011 Archives

Rampant with retaliation: Bureau of Prisons faces lawsuits

They help secure our communities. The 35,000 people that work in our federal prisons face violence from inmates every day at work. Hoping to provide us all with more secure communities, these people help keep over 214,000 inmates off our streets. Aside from the violence and harassment they face from inmates, the workers of the Federal Bureau of Prisons are facing a systemic problem of workplace retaliation.

Los Angeles based retailer settles workplace discrimination suit

When someone becomes unable to continue their job because of a disability, they should have the opportunity to seek proper accommodations that would allow them to continue contributing to their work. Imagine being diagnosed with cancer and later finding out you were losing your job because your employer wouldn't make an accommodation to fit your needs. That's exactly what happened to a Los Angeles retail worker.

LGBT Pride ex-director settles wrongful termination suit

A wrongful termination suit filed against the California gay civil rights organization known as LGBT Pride by its former executive director has been settled. The lawsuit was pending in the San Diego Superior Court and had a trial date set for late October. Indeed, some witnesses had already been deposed. However, the wrongful termination case was recently settled outside of court confidentially, resulting in dismissal of the pending litigation. The former director filed the wrongful termination suit in May 2010 after the LGBT Pride's board of directors fired him on Jan. 5, 2010. Prior to the termination, which happened in the wake of a disagreement between him and fellow board members, the man had been director of LGBT Pride for four years. The dispute stemmed from the director's opinion that a $5,000 payment made to a fellow board member was inappropriate and contrary to the organization's bylaws, which prohibited payments to be made to board members.

Sexual harassment claims against California elected official

A California elected official faces charges of sexual discrimination after an independent review has substantiated sexual harassment claims made against her by former employees. The Merced County tax collector and registrar of voters has been the subject of complaints regarding sexual harassment. The local county board will determine the fate of the accused official, though it is constrained by the fact that the woman is an elected official.

Deaf library clerk alleges wrongful termination in California

A library clerk in Huntington Beach, California, who is deaf and has cerebral palsy, is suing the city for lost wages and emotional distress in a wrongful termination suit.

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