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March 2014 Archives

California teacher sues school that fired him after marrying

Last summer we discussed the story of an openly gay teacher at St. Lucy's Priory High School, a Catholic high school in Glendora, California, who was fired after he married his partner of ten years. As we noted, school administrators had known that the teacher was gay for the majority of his years at the school, and he had brought his partner to school functions on multiple occasions. However, they fired him when the couple's wedding photos appeared in a local newspaper. The attorney for the popular, well-respected teacher at that time said the teacher hoped to resolve the matter without litigation.

Los Angeles port truckers win misclassification case

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a Los Angeles-area company violated labor laws. Truck drivers accused Pacific 9 Transportation, a freight-hauling business, of misclassification of employees as independent contractors and harassing workers who even talk about unionizing.

Problematic Los Angeles firefighter recruitment program suspended

Calling it "fatally flawed," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruitment program and cancelled a class for new recruits scheduled for later in the year. This action followed an investigation by the "Los Angeles Times" that found the program rife with nepotism and poor management. The mayor says he has ordered a complete review of LAFD hiring and recruitment practices.

Californians with mental health issues still face discrimination

Movies and television often perpetuate the stereotype that just about every Los Angeles resident is in therapy. However, the stigma associated with mental illness is still a source of discrimination for many Californians looking for a job or hoping to remain in their job. In fact, many prefer to remain "in the closet" to employers and colleagues. However, roughly 46 million adults in America suffer or have recently suffered from an emotional, behavioral or mental disorder. However, studies have shown that employers are still reluctant to hire someone with even a history of mental health problems.

California jury awards Playboy whistleblower $6 million

A California whistleblower has been awarded what may be the largest award ever for exposing violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The $6 million was awarded by a California federal jury to the former comptroller of Playboy Enterprises. It could even go higher because Playboy Enterprises may be required to pay punitive damages as well. That has not yet been determined.

California doctor wins in state high court whistleblower ruling

California's highest court has ruled in favor of a Modesto doctor in what his attorney called "the biggest victory for patient rights since California's health care whistleblower law was adopted in 1999." The case of the physician who alleged that his employer fired him and revoked his hospital privileges for complaining about hospital nurses has attracted support on both sides from the California medical community.

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