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Los Angeles elementary school teacher sues for wrongful termination

Doing the right thing isn't always easy. When someone suspects illegal behavior, especially when involving a child, it is important that the person tells the proper authorities. Being fired for reporting illegal activity shouldn't happen.

HSRR First Amendment Freedom of Political Speech Case Set for Trial

HSRR filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lt. Jeff Bardzik of the Orange County Sheriff's Department alleging that Bardzik's First Amendment freedom of political speech rights were violated when he was retaliated against by former Sheriff Michael Carona for supporting Carona's opponent in the election for Sheriff. After securing a published decision from the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit finding that Carona is not entitled to qualified immunity for retaliating against Bardzik, HSRR successfully opposed defendants' second motion for summary judgment. Additionally, Senior Associate Joshua Piovia-Scott recently deposed Carona in federal prison in preparation for the April 17, 2012 trial.

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.

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.

Recent Audit by the State of California Reveals Self-Dealing by Engineering Firm AAE; the Same Firm Whose Bribery of City of Maywood Officials was Exposed by Former Maywood Employee, David Mango.

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that California State Controller John Chiang's office found in an audit released Tuesday, an improper arrangement between the City of Montebello, and its engineering firm AAE. Through the city's arrangement with AAE, the firm served as Montebello's city engineer and awarded $2 million in contracts to itself, approved its own invoices and oversaw its own compliance. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-aae-20111102,0,3835276.story. In August, 2010 former Director of Building and Planning Director David Mango for the City of Maywood was fired just days after he revealed to Maywood's City Manager Lilian Myers, that he had gone undercover as part of a federal investigation into AAE's dealings with City of Maywood officials. According to this week's Los Angeles Times story, "Federal sources confirmed that . . . [Mr. Mango] . . . had worked undercover for the FBI." David Mango is represented by the law firms of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP and the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames in his lawsuit against Maywood for his wrongful and retaliatory termination.

Former Oakland city administrator sues city

In a case that's currently pending in a California court, seemingly the only thing the two opposing parties can agree on in is the fact that Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly was fired from her position with the city. Edgerly claims that she was fired due to her gender and alleges that the former mayor of Oakland, Ron Dellums, unfairly hired and granted promotions in favor of male employees. She's filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.

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