A receptionist for a Northern California law firm was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2008. When the time came to enroll in health insurance for 2009, the cancer, combined with the fact that she was turning 60, meant a staggering increase in her health insurance premium -- and for that of the small firm. The firm had an insurance broker convince her to choose a cheaper plan.
Ten women who served in jobs ranging from personal assistants to district-wide managers have sued the San Juan Unified School District over unanswered complaints of serious harassment and retaliation by the superintendent. He has been on paid leave since May.
In July 2011, a Pacific Gas & Electric line crew was told to repair a broken electrical pole in Santa Cruz County. Whenever possible, the company tries to perform repairs without interrupting customers’ electrical service, and their supervisor said the pole could be safely repaired without cutting power. While they were working, however, a cross arm broke sending two live, high-voltage wires plunging down and coming within inches of touching. If they had, there would have been a disastrous explosion.
Two highly-paid engineers for a Woodland Hills defense contractor were frog-marched out of their offices and fired because they refused to lie to the Navy about potentially dangerous flaws in guided missiles the company was providing for the military, they claim in a recent lawsuit. They also believe their firings were partially motivated by age discrimination.
The National Labor Relations Board stated that Wal-Mart violated employee rights in California and 13 other states. The federal agency said that the charges against the U.S. retailer included unlawfully disciplining, threatening or firing employees for taking part in strikes and protests that are protected by law. The NLRB stated that unless the parties reached settlements, the agency was ready to issue complaints.
A teacher has just filed a lawsuit in San Bernardino County Superior Court claiming not only discrimination based on her sexual orientation but also retaliation for encouraging LGBT and gender-non-conforming students to speak up against what she says was a hostile environment at Sultana High School in the Hesperia Unified School District. The woman, a lesbian, taught at the high school for two years and was the faculty sponsor of its Gay-Straight Alliance. Despite receiving positive job reviews, however, she was subjected to biased criticism by administrators and fired.
A pattern seems to be emerging among public service agencies in San Francisco -- a pattern of age discrimination. As we discussed on this blog in September, a group of veteran San Francisco police officers filed have a class-action lawsuit over changes made in 2006 to the test required for promotion to inspector. They say the changes resulted in systematic age discrimination. That case has not been tried yet. Meanwhile, 15 San Francisco firefighters with a strikingly similar complaint were just awarded $3.7 million by a jury.
In a case almost too shocking to comprehend, a veteran nurse is suing Kaiser hospitals over how the company dealt with her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. According to her complaint, Kaiser fired her after subjecting her to hostile mockery and took actions that directly put her health at risk.
Veteran sports columnist T.J. Simers has filed a shocker of a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times. The 63-year-old writer had been writing three columns a week for the Times after working at the paper for more than two decades. Now, after what sound like serious breaches of journalistic ethics and a campaign of illegal retaliation, he is suing the paper for disability and age discrimination that, he claims, unfairly ended his career.
Dr. Benjamin Kaufman, one of the founders of a controversial gay conversion-therapy organization has apparently begun consulting for at least one state agency, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB.