In February, a 25-year-old Yelp employee who publicly spoke out against her California employer may have been fired as a result. Although the company didn't specify its reasons for terminating the San Francisco woman, she was let go hours after using her blog to publish an open letter to her CEO. She also posted on Twitter acknowledging that she might lose her job for the post. Analysts say that if she was indeed fired because of the letter, which advocated higher pay for entry-level Yelp staff, she may have a valid claim under the National Labor Relations Act.
California companies usually rely on urine tests for pre-employment drug screening, but more thorough employers sometimes call for hair follicle tests. Hair tests are considered to be the scientific gold standard for toxicology testing because they are virtually impossible to fool and can often detect drug use that took place several months earlier. However, recent research conducted in Germany indicates that hair follicle tests may not be as unimpeachable as was once believed.
California residents may have heard about a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania by the former CEO and president of the insurance company, Highmark. According to the wrongful termination lawsuit, the former CEO alleges that his firing by the Highmark Board of Directors in 2012 was wrong because he did not violate any of the company's policies.
California employees may be interested in a recent news report about a former official with a District of Columbia agency who has filed a lawsuit against the city. In the lawsuit, he claimed that he was harassed while working at the Department of Public Works before being terminated for his race.
A transgender woman in California filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Wells Fargo on July 14. According to the plaintiff, the bank fired her from its customer call center in El Monte because of her decision to transition from male to female. The plaintiff also alleges that she endured rude comments from her supervisors and coworkers before she was wrongfully discharged.
Los Angeles employees may be interested in the case of a man claiming that he was wrongfully terminated and misclassified as exempt from state wage and hour laws. Because of this misclassification, he was not given certain benefits that he was entitled to under the law.
A Los Angeles nurse has filed a lawsuit against her former employer who she says retaliated against her for complaining about poor patient care and an internal drug conspiracy. According to the former San Gabriel Valley Medical Center nurse, a group of nurses who were referred to by other hospital workers as the 'Mafia" conspired to steal medications and then sell them in the Philippines.
On May 5, a woman in California filed a lawsuit against her former employer after she says that she was fired for refusing to be tracked by a smartphone app while she was off duty. According to the plaintiff, she was fired shortly after she had objected to being monitored by the app around the clock. She is seeking $500,000 in damages for unfair business practices, invasion of privacy, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Intermex is being sued by a former California employee who accuses the electronic money transfer company of firing her for refusing to use a phone app that invaded her privacy. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.
After reviewing the complaint of a man who once worked as a tax-planning manager at 21st Century Fox, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has affirmed his right to sue his former employer. His lawsuit alleges that his employer retaliated against him and eventually dismissed him after he took leave to help his wife, who was suffering from postpartum depression, under the Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.