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March 2014 Archives

Kaiser manager allegedly fired for reporting unsafe patient care

According to a California lawsuit, a former Kaiser manager was fired after expressing concerns over the company's safety practices. Although the man had worked for the company nearly 30 years, he developed the concerns during the time he was a patient. The manager visited one of the company's facilities in September of 2012 to undergo a bronchoscopy, a routine outpatient procedure.

Date for California councilman's sexual harassment trial set

A trial date has been set for a member of the Los Angeles City Council who is facing allegations of workplace sexual harassment. Beginning on Nov. 10, a court will hear from both sides regarding the charges he is facing. The 45-year-old councilman is facing accusations from an aide who suggests that he subjected her to a continuous barrage of retaliatory behavior causing a hostile work environment in response to her refusal to perform sexual activities with him. The woman's attorney suggested that he would call 20 witnesses to the stand in the case.

$6 million payout for ex-Playboy employee in whistleblower suit

California employees may be interested in news about the largest judgment yet under the whistleblower protection provisions of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This case involves an ex-employee of Playboy Enterprises who was fired in retaliation for exposing fraudulent bonuses.

Kaiser mammography supervisor sues for wrongful termination

A California woman is suing Kaiser Permanente for wrongful termination after she was terminated from her job as assistant director of diagnostic imaging. The woman's supervisor is also named in the lawsuit. The defendants are accused of violating California health and safety codes, California labor codes and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. The complaint suggests a number of actionable offenses, including constructive termination and disability discrimination in addition to wrongful termination.

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