The country's largest auto dealer, AutoNation, has been sued by two employees for a number of claims including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unfair business practices and wage and hour violations. Two men were fired from AutoNation for allegedly not participating in trips to the strip club, illicit drug use and other inappropriate acts.
Ninoos Benjamin immigrated to the United States from Iran and considers himself Assyrian. But in a Los Angeles city department where African Americans have been pitted against Latinos for promotions, new hires and job perks, he was told to choose a side. "You are either with us or against us," Benjamin claims he was told by an assistant general manager in a harassment lawsuit he filed earlier this week against the City of L.A.
After being passed over for a promotion at the Newport Beach Police Department shortly following the filing of a grievance related to the department's promotional practices, now-retired officer Robert Morton has decided to fight back. He is suing over what he believes to be corruption within the police department that lead to illegal employment discrimination and retaliation.
With seven years in with the hit TV series Law & Order: SVU and over 27 years of experience in the industry, colorist Charlotte Grau is now out of a job. But she's fighting back. Grau claims in an employment lawsuit recently filed in LA that she was fired for taking medical leave and for raising serious concerns about gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
A survey conducted of the Society for Human Resources revealed that over half of workplaces in the United States have bullies or have had incidents of bullying on the job. One employment law professional predicts that employment discrimination and harassment claims based on bullying will outpace sexual harassment claims in the coming years.
Retail clothing giant Aeropostale is facing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit from a former employee who claims she was consistently harassed by management after informing her superiors that she was expecting a baby. Codie Nelson had been a sales associate at an Aeropostale store for only four months when she began having pregnancy symptoms. She was about nine weeks along when she experienced cramping during her shift.
Sexual harassment occurs in two basic ways: "quid pro quo" and "hostile environment. A new case is attracting national attention and illustrating the kinds of misconduct that can indicate quid pro quo harassment.
In Taft, California, many residents deal only in cash. So, when it comes time to pay the utility bill, they come, cash in hand to the West Kern Water District office. Because the cashier's office could have a substantial amount of cash on hand at any given time, employees were given training in how to handle a robbery.