Two teachers who previously worked at a Christian school in California have filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against their former employer. They claim they were wrongfully discharged in 2012 when they refused to give the school information on their beliefs.
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.
A christian school in Thousand Oaks recently fired two preschool teachers for not filling out forms that asked questions about their faith and church attendance. After being fired, the two preschool teachers threatened to file a suit against the school for wrongful termination . Upon doing so, Little Oaks School filed a lawsuit against the two teachers.
An anonymous security guard filed a lawsuit alleging that clients who visited her workplace, the California-based Universal Music Publishing Group, regularly smoked pot and engaged in other illicit activities. While residents of California have the right to smoke marijuana for medical reasons, they cannot legally use the drug at work. The 41-year-old woman claimed that she was the victim of wrongful termination when she was banned from the property after reporting a number of the drug activities. She is requesting an unspecified amount of compensation. She claimed that she personally saw drug use by at least five celebrities and could smell pot coming from studios. She also claimed that one supervisor asserted that one of the stars could do anything he wanted, including use drugs in the workplace.
Employees in Los Angeles and Long Beach who work in hostile environments need to know that they have rights that must be protected when they choose to expose their employers' wrongdoings or testify against employers who are under investigation for committing workplace violations.
According to reports, actress Sharon Stone has been accused of violating another employee's rights. Stone was sued earlier this week by a former employee who claims that she was fired after she suffered an injury that had prevented her from doing her work as quickly as she normally performed her work duties prior to being injured. The actress was sued last year by a nanny who claimed that Stone fired her after Stone realized the nanny was being paid for overtime hours worked.
Two former employees and one current employee of a school in Whittier recently filed a lawsuit against the school, its principal and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs claim that they were retaliated against in the workplace for trying to protect the school's students and that they were also forced to work in an environment that made them feel unsafe.
Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog we had mentioned that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act bans employers from discriminating against and harassing workers on the basis of their marital status and pregnancy. This means that employers cannot discriminate against or harass employees and job applicants who are pregnant but not married.
As we have mentioned before on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, employee contracts are generally considered to be at-will in California. This means employees can quit their jobs at any time they choose to do so. This also means that employers can fire employees with or without any reason as long as employers do not violate workplace laws that protect employees from retaliation or discrimination.
A former American Apparel employee who signed an "At Will Employment Confidentiality Agreement" is now suing the company for wrongful termination and other wrongdoings. The employee has disclosed some very concerning issues regarding his employment with the company that he believes the public should be aware of, but American Apparel claims that the allegations are false and that the former employee has violated a "Mandatory Arbitration and Mediation Agreement" by filing a lawsuit against the company.