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April 2014 Archives

Police chief and supporters say firing was due to discrimination

A veteran police chief who was recently fired by a city's mayor believes she was terminated because she is a lesbian. Her termination was met with picketing and prayer vigils by citizens of the small community on her behalf. It also prompted the town's city council to strip some of the mayor's powers. If this sounds like a reaction that would occur in a liberal Southern California city, our readers might be surprised to learn that it has happened in a small South Carolina town.

Los Angeles police captain alleges discrimination, retaliation

A captain with the Los Angeles Police Department who is suing the city claims that he had been denied advancement for unjust reasons. One of these reasons, according to his suit, is that he has voted not to terminate officers who have come before the department's Board of Rights, on which he sometimes sits.

Is age discrimination is behind Boeing unit's move to California?

The Boeing Company's recent announcement that it is moving its Commercial Aviation Services unit and 1,000 engineering jobs from the Seattle area to Southern California is good news for our economy and employment picture. However, the CAS engineers, who monitor problems with aircraft and provide support to them, are obviously not happy. Moreover, their union is accusing Boeing of taking this action to get rid of older, higher-paid workers and replace them with younger, less expensive ones.

Fired reporter says problems began with FMLA request

When a local newspaper fired one of its veteran journalists, the people in charge may have anticipated that the reporter would use her social media skills to go public with her story. It's rather unlikely that the people at The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, expected the case to garner national attention. However it has been picked up by websites including Salon.com because the reason reportedly given for the termination was that the employee deleted work e-mails while on maternity leave.

California appeals rules against city in sexual harassment case

San Francisco's District Court of Appeal has ruled for a plaintiff who is suing the city of Benicia for sexual harassment and retaliation. The court reversed a jury's decision against the plaintiff as well as a pre-trial ruling by the judge that the sexual harassment evidence be thrown out.

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