People in California may be interested in the ongoing litigation between a former "Price is Right" model and the show. The woman, who worked on the show as a model from 2002 until 2009, claims she was fired in 2009 upon informing the show she was pregnant with twins. She had previously been awarded a jury verdict of $8.5 million in the case, but a district court judge set aside the award. Upon taking her case upon appeal, the appellate court ruled that she will have a second trial.
A complaint was filed on Oct. 9 by a former city manager in California who claims that he was fired for investigating suspected illegal activities by city officials. According to the plaintiff, he was wrongfully discharged from his position because members of the city council in Colton wanted to cover up issues that he was investigating, including the misappropriation of public funds.
An employee in California may wonder about the state's at-will rules, especially if faced with the possibility of being released from a job. At-will employment is defined as an employment relationship that does not have a specified duration. An employer in this scenario may terminate that relationship at any time whether or not there is cause. However, there are exceptions to consider.
A California judge ruled on June 18 that a gay Catholic school teacher can move forward with his case. The teacher claims that he was the victim of wrongful termination after he lost his job because of his recent marriage to his gay partner.
A recent case in California had a favorable result for four former servers who alleged that they were terminated due to their age. Often, employers use job performance issues as their defense in age discrimination suits. In this case, the servers claimed that they faced wrongful termination when new employers took over the restaurant, and that their vacated positions were filled by servers in their 20s.
Victims of domestic violence might have been alarmed to hear that a teacher in California was fired from her job after security concerns arose about her estranged husband. After being wrongfully terminated, the teacher lobbied for legislatures to pass a new law that would make sure that no one else was subjected to the same kind of treatment that she was.
A former bartender in Los Angeles is suing her former employer after she was allegedly fired for being pregnant. She said that her supervisor also rebuked her for not dressing like a California hooker and instead dressing too Midwest conservative. In the lawsuit that the former employee filed against Kings' Head Pub II in Studio City on Oct. 8, she alleged wrongful termination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and pregnancy discrimination.
Walt Disney Pictures and the "Muppets" movie editor are being sued for wrongful termination, gender discrimination and harassment by an assistant film editor. The assistant film editor alleges that the California-based Walt Disney Pictures corporation created a hostile work environment for her due to the fact that she was Asian and over 40 years old. The complaint, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on June 3, also states that the assistant film editor's employment was terminated by Walt Disney Pictures due to her gender and her race as well as complaints she made regarding her treatment and work environment.
An investigation into a sexual discrimination accusation from an employee of a California corporation has resulted in the company terminating employment of the supervisor who reprimanded her, even though no evidence of sexual discrimination was found.
State and federal labor and employment laws are complex, and these laws are continually changing. As a result, employees may not always have a good understanding of their rights in the workplace, which may allow some employers in Southern California to get away with violating the rights of employees.