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April 2013 Archives

California security guard claims wrongful termination

A former security guard has filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Publishing Group in which she calls out numerous celebrities for pervasive drug use at the company's facility in Santa Monica, California. The 41-year-old woman claims she was fired after reporting the illegal drug use to her superiors. She says her discharge constituted wrongful termination in violation of California's whistle blower law.The lawsuit, which was filed on April 9, alleges that drug use was so widespread at the facility that the security guard observed people openly smoking marijuana in lounges and other common areas and that the smell of marijuana seeped out of closed offices and studio rooms. The lawsuit further alleges that some people even offered illegal substances to her. Although she claims that she reported the drug use, she says no one heeded her complaints. Instead, one company executive told her that the big-name musicians who visited the facility could do whatever they pleased.

Case against "The Price Is Right" goes to trial in California

A California judge says a case against "The Price Is Right" should go to trial. A former model for the game show is suing the show's producers and production company for sexual harassment and wrongful constructive discharge. The trial judge has denied the defendants' motion to dismiss and has scheduled a trial to begin May 21, 2013. The plaintiff began appearing on the game show in 2003. She claims the alleged harassment started in December of 2009. At that time, she says one of the show's producers stopped talking to her and began bestowing preferential treatment on another model with whom he was involved in a romantic relationship. She further claims that in September of 2010, a second producer burst into her dressing room while she was wearing only a pair of thong underwear and proceeded to reprimand her. She says the conduct made the work environment so intolerable that she was forced to resign.

California woman says she was fired for work injury

A former mammography associate at a Kaiser hospital in California says she was fired after taking time off in connection with a work-related injury. She is now suing her former employer for wrongful discharge in violation of California law.

Mom fired for selling daughter's Girl Scout cookies at work

It's something many California parents undoubtedly have done: sell a few boxes of their daughters' Girl Scout cookies. But for one mother, the effort to help her daughter earn badges and raise money for trips resulted in the loss of her job. The woman, who worked for 28 years on the campus of American University, was fired from her job at a campus dining room in February for selling cookies to customers. According to the woman's employer, the cookie sales constituted the solicitation and operation of a personal cash business during work hours, which is a violation of company policy. Although the woman said she kept the cookies off to the side and sold them only to customers who asked about them, the employer said her actions amounted to gross misconduct. Whether the woman's dismissal constitutes a wrongful termination is unclear. Under the doctrine of employment-at-will, which applies in California and across the United States, an employer generally does not need to state a reason for firing an employee. 

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