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Wrongful Termination Lawsuits in Los Angeles: Real Cases

Do you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination? While both federal and state laws protect employees in California from this unlawful employer behavior, it still occurs. But wrongful termination cases can become complicated under California labor law because employees are generally presumed to be "at-will." This means that your employer can fire you at any moment for any reason at all, without due process and without warning. The exception to this is that employer cannot terminate you for illegal reasons.

If you feel your employer illegally fired you due to a protected characteristic (race, gender, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, etc.) under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or a variety of other laws that make various types of complaints and activities legally protected, then your employer may have violated state or federal law - or both..

Do you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination? While both federal and state laws protect employees in California from this unlawful employer behavior, it still occurs. But wrongful termination cases can become complicated under California labor law because employees are generally presumed to be "at-will." This means that your employer can fire you at any moment for any reason at all, without due process and without warning. The exception to this is that employer cannot terminate you for illegal reasons.

If you feel your employer illegally fired you due to a protected characteristic (race, gender, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, etc.) under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or a variety of other laws that make various types of complaints and activities legally protected, then your employer may have violated state or federal law - or both..

The following Los Angeles wrongful termination case examples will help you learn more about your own employee rights, and help you understand when it may be time to contact an employment attorney for representation.

Wrongful Termination in Los Angeles: Case Examples

Los Angeles: Black Employee Files Wrongful Termination Suit Against Mount St. Mary's

A former employee of Mount St. Mary's University sued his employer claiming that he was fired for dancing at a shopping mall with a student of another race.

In his Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful termination complaint, he alleges that college officials also falsely claimed that the dance was sexual in nature.

Forte, who was the director of the MSMU Learning Resource Center for 15 years, where he made himself available to students at all hours, was also the only black senior staff member at the college and the majority of his coworkers were white women, according to the suit. Forte also claimed that he felt he was viewed by other staff members with "suspicion" which made him feel "isolated and unwanted" at the school. The suit claims that he was subjected to "belittling racial remarks," including a question posed to him by a supervisor who asked, "Why don't you be quiet and go play basketball somewhere?"

Forte's suit alleges that he walked over to a mall with a group of students, one of whom stopped to buy a day planner at the Victoria's Secret store, and "As a joke, in response to some dance music playing in the mall, (Forte) performed a 30-second mock swing dance with one of the students."

The former employee grew up in a culture where dance and music are important and he didn't feel the dance was inappropriate in any way. A student even posted a video to their Facebook page, where the negative comments ensued by his employer because he was dancing with a student of another race. Forte was told by the college that his conduct was "incompatible" with the responsibilities of his position as well as with "the college's values and mission."

"(Forte) was in shock," the suit states. "The administration was obsessed with the notion that dance was an unwelcome sexual advance."

Read the full story via LASentinel.net

Los Angeles: Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Filed Against Starz for Diversity Complaints

A former executive of Starz filed a lawsuit against his former employer claiming he faced wrongful termination in retaliation for complaining of racial and gender discrimination.

Keno V. Thomas, was a senior VP at Starz where he claims that his firing came after he expressed concerns about possible "insider manipulation," among other things.

Thomas' suit also claims that he and his staff were told to "arbitrarily inflate the revenue figures and subscriber numbers because the optics did not look good," but he "adamantly refused." In addition to that, Thomas claims that he was terminated due to "bringing to light the unlawful influence" another executive had on a deal between Comcast and Starz.

After a three-week medical leave, Thomas alleges that he was unlawfully fired but was told the reason for his termination was industry consolidation - even though Thomas' position was the only one in his department to be eliminated.

The suit says that Thomas, who was the only senior African-American executive at Starz, was an advocate for diversity who made it a priority to hire both minorities and women, but was subjected "to ridicule" by coworkers as a result.

Read the full story via Variety

Orange County: Woman Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against City

A former operations manager of the Economic Development Department was dismissed from her job and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging that her gender, age and religion were factors in her dismissal.

In the suit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Ellen Angele Bonneville claims she was unlawful fired because she was a woman, not of the Mormon faith, and she was over 40 years of age.

Bonneville also alleges that her employer retaliated against her for whistleblowing activities. In the suit, Bonneville alleged that after David F. Dixon was hired as a city manager, the city began "a pattern of favoring the recruitment, employment, promotion, and continued employment of males, younger persons and persons of Mormon faith." Some city officials even said that Dixon is affiliated with the religion.

Read the full story via LA Times

No one should have to worry about losing their job for unlawful reasons. If you feel you are a victim of wrongful termination in California, contact our experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys for a free consultation.

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