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Deming Public School Board of Education Sued for Wrongful Termination & Discrimination

The former Assistant Superintendent of Deming Public Schools, Ray Trejo, filed a lawsuit on June 19, 2019 against the school board for wrongful termination and discrimination. Allegedly, the school board wrongfully accused Trejo of “negligence in the administration of his duties” and have disregarded proper procedural requirements by “harassing,” and “punishing” Trejo before terminating him on June 28, 2018.

Three months into Trejo’s tenure, he attended a meeting to discuss an audit that was run by the district’s former accounting firm. Trejo found out that some of the school’s finances were missing. Trejo acted on the matter as a whistleblower to the superintendent Dr. Lere. In the same year, Lere announced he was retiring, which led to Trejo being a finalist for Lere’s position. A man named Arsenio Romero was selected instead, and then proceeded to demote Trejo because of “pressure from the governing board.”

Trejo was put on administrative leave in December of 2017 after the school found out almost $150,000 had been embezzled. In June 2018, Trejo was wrongfully terminated. Trejo alleges the board discriminated against him due to his Hispanic ethnicity, his race, and his age.

If you feel that you have been retaliated against for being a whistleblower or have been wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

HoyStarkHagan Architects Employee Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Architect

Megan Glasgow, an employee of HoyStarkHagan Architects alleged on June 19 that Patrick Hoy, the owner of the law firm, touched her without her consent and sexually harassed her during a work trip in January. Hoy allegedly sent sexually inappropriate texts to Glasgow prior to the work trip, and that he sent nude photos of himself to her. While they were on the work trip, Hoy suggested that he and Glasgow have sex while he was touching her lower back and her knees.

According to Glasgow’s complaint, she rejected the sexual advances, and declined to participate in any sexual acts with Hoy. He persisted and texted her his hotel room number just in case she “changed her mind.” After returning from the trip, Glasgow complained to the HoyStarkHagan in regards to the sexual harassment, and was placed on leave for several weeks. An investigation took place at the firm until February 8th where Glasgow was told her allegations were not justified. Her sexual harassment lawsuit was filed the same day.

Glasgow returned to work after her leave, and was greeted by a significant decrease in duties and tasks, less working hours, and a chaperone that was required to be with her at all times in the office. Reportedly, Hoy stated he did in fact proposition Glasgow for sexual activity during his deposition, but HoyStarkHagan Architecture firm denied the documents in court. A hearing will be taking place in mid-July.

If you feel that you have been retaliated against for being a whistleblower of sexual harassment and would like to know your rights as an employee in the state of California, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.

Omnicom and TracyLocke Sued for Alleged Sexual Harassment by Former Creative Director

Karen Dunbar, the former creative director of DDB agency TracyLocke, is suing the company as well as its parent company Omnicom Group for alleged sexual harassment as well as wrongful termination. Dunbar joined TracyLocke in 2015 as creative director, and claims she was always prevented from moving forward with the company in a higher position despite her great performance.

Dunbar also claims in her suit that she was made to feel as though she was a sexual object, not only by co-workers, but also clients. In a meeting with a client, the client told Dunbar’s superior that he wanted her to sit next to him “so there’d be somebody sexy, young and pretty.” Dunbar’s male co-workers also allegedly tried touching her without her consent and verbally abused her at the office. Despite multiple documents and reports being sent to superiors at TracyLocke, and Omnicom’s HR offices, there was little or no action taken against the alleged abusers for sexually harassing Dunbar. In an attempt to organize the women of the office, Dunbar was terminated and accused of disloyalty.

The lawsuit is comprised of multiple charges, including “gender discrimination, discriminatory pay and promotion and retaliation for her opposition to these practices” and Dunbar is seeking an unspecified amount of money, but she is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as legal and fair relief.

If you have been retaliated against, sexually harassed, or wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Teacher Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit After Posing for Semi-Nude Photos

Chelsey Zelasko, a former teacher at Grove School, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school for “unlawful and retaliatory termination.” Zelasko is registered as a Democrat, but was extremely vocal as a Donald Trump supporter while he was running for president. In 2016, Zelasko got involved with a website called betterthantheweekend.com who created a series where they would interview people across the country while they were willingly partially nude.

Zelasko’s interview and photograph, titled “Female Trump Supporter Gets Naked to Make American Great Again” was released on November 1, 2016, where she was posed partially nude with American flags and firearms covering her private areas. The executive director of Grove School, Peter Chorney, called Zelasko telling her he was concerned about the photographs, and then suggested she resign from her position.

In Zelasko’s lawsuit, she argues that her participation with betterthantheweekend.com’s series was her right to free speech. She responded to Chorney in email form, saying that she would return to work unless he told her otherwise. Chorney believed Zelasko was not setting a good example for the students she was educating at the time.

Zelasko was then retaliated against, and she was wrongfully terminated through a letter on April 5, with her lawsuit alleging the Grove School stated it could not “allow itself to be associated with this kind of behavior.” Zelasko is seeking lost wages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and is estimated to be asking for an amount over $15,000.

If you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Former Marshalltown Community College Instructor Files for Wrongful Termination

Tamara Damman, a former instructor for Marshalltown Community College was discharged after complaints from multiple students led to her alleged wrongful termination. On April 17, Damman, an associate professor of dental assisting for almost three years, was told her contract would not be renewed after May 14. She then filed a lawsuit against Iowa Valley Community College District as well as Marshalltown Community College Associate Dean Beth Johanns on April 24.

In the fall of 2018, a student filed a complaint with the Iowa College Aid Commission in regards to Damman’s conduct, but the documents were redacted to a certain degree to protect the students. In response to the question of her conduct, Damman claims in her lawsuit that Johanns and the district have practiced “negligent or reckless hiring, supervision and retention, as well as wrongful termination in violation of public policy.” Damman alleges that Johanns was purposefully interfering with her employment rights.

According to the institution and the laws, however, Damman’s contract was probationary, meaning that her contract as an instructor allowed her to be terminated without cause. The next step in Damman’s case is for her lawyers to continue to collect information, with hopes that her case will either get settled out of court or go to trial.

If you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Former Manager Sues Lids for Being Retaliated Against for Sexual Harassment Complaint

Jalesa Staton, former manager of the Lids store at the Greenbrier Mall in Virginia, was wrongfully terminated by the retail store as retaliation for filing a complaint against her boss. In July 2013, Staton was working as the assistant manager of a Norfolk Lids store before she was transferred in October 2015 to Greenbrier and promoted to manager. In February 2016, Staton complained about her boss by sending an emailed complaint to the Lids complaint line, but never received a response.

A few weeks after sending the initial email, Staton sent a follow up email regarding her situation, and then sent yet another email on March 14, 2016. Lids’ human resources complaint line responded to her third email, telling Staton they had addressed her concerns and that they “hope that this issue will be resolved going forward.” However, on January 31, 2017, Staton sent a fourth email to human resources regarding her supervisor making unwanted sexual comments to her, and that he had accused her of filing a fabricated sexual harassment complaint. Staton decided to call human resources in addition to her email.

An HR manager responded by phone call telling Staton to simply report to a different supervisor. Two days after the call, Staton was asked to participate in a conference call over the phone with a higher-ranking HR manager, and was told she was now being put on a formal performance improvement plan. On May 15, 2017, Staton was issued a written warning and was involuntarily transferred to a different store. The following day, Staton filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and she was wrongfully terminated on May 31, 2017.

The EEOC filed a lawsuit last week against the two companies who own Lids retail stores. The lawsuit alleges that Lids purposefully retaliated against Staton for issuing a complaint about her boss. In the lawsuit, Staton is asking for back pay, prejudgment interest, and other damages.

If you have been retaliated against, sexually harassed, or wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

EMT Files for Wrongful Termination Against Putnam County Emergency Services

Jesse Board, an EMT, Emergency Medical Technician, from Illinois has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, Putnam County Emergency Services. The suit alleges that Board was fired in retaliation of him reporting other EMTs for not responding to emergency calls. His employers failed to act on the situation and discipline the employees.

Board was wrongfully terminated in December of 2018, and filed a complaint in April against Putnam County Emergency Services as reported by the West Virginia Record. Board is seeking reinstatement as an EMT along with backpay, interest, and for his attorney fees and court costs to be paid.

If you have been wrongfully terminated please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Ex-Employee Sues LaCroix for Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

A lawsuit has been filed against LaCroix’s parent company National Beverage Corp. by a former employee. Allegedly, the National Beverage Corp. president, Joseph Caporella, planned to make a false claim regarding LaCroix’s beverage cans being made of a toxic chemical called BPA.

Albert Dejewski, former vice president of the company, objected to the plan since he did not want to participate in the cover up. He was then wrongfully terminated the following day in retaliation. The lawsuit claims that Dejewski had been threatened over email by Caporella prior to being fired on April 11 over the phone.

In April 2018, Caporella planned to prematurely announce that LaCroix cans would be BPA-free going forward even though the production date was months after. The lawsuit states LaCroix was four to six months away from actually switching to BPA-free cans. Dejewski’s allegations of being wrongfully terminated in retaliation for objecting the announcement are backed up by the positive performance feedback he had always received prior to the announcement.

Dejewski is seeking damages for lost salary and benefits for the emotional distress and humiliation he had to endure for being wrongfully terminated.

If you have been retaliated against or wrongfully terminated by your employer, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Reports Help Ex-Employee of Bon Appetit Win Termination Lawsuit

Ivania Centeno, an employee of the Bon Appetit café in San Francisco for 13 years won her wrongful termination lawsuit against the company after 2 Investigates aired a report regarding her situation. In the lawsuit, Centeno claimed her mother-in-law became deathly ill, and Centeno was given permission by the company to fly to Nicaragua to help take care of her. The mother-in-law passed away, and when Centeno came back to her job, Bon Appetit terminated her for missing too many days of work. They also stated that her mother-in-law did not qualify for the family leave policy.

According to California’s paid leave law, taking care of in-laws is in fact covered. On the other hand, the California Family Rights Act says differently. The reasoning for a slow resolution to Centeno’s lawsuit is because the laws are unclear on which law takes precedence over the other.

Centeno’s termination from Bon Appetit was blamed on a computer software. Her recent absences from work due to a work-related injury were entered into the system, leading the computer system to conclude she should be terminated. After 2 Investigates got involved in the lawsuit, Centeno won. She was given back pay, unemployment benefits, and was presented with $211,795 in attorney fees as well as $25,603 in court costs.

If you have been wrongfully terminated please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.

Senior Execs Leave MedMen as Wrongful Termination Suit is Filed

MedMen’s former Chief Financial Officer James Parker filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the cannabis retailer in January after he was allegedly unable to do his job after being stripped of his powers. Since then, three senior executives including the Chief Operating Officer and the Senior Vice President have left the company along with almost 100 other employees.

MedMen’s current Chief Executive Officer Adam Bierman has stated in a blog post that the allegations are “designed to get attention for what is a meritless lawsuit,” and that the claims go against the company’s values. Parker’s wrongful termination lawsuit is currently pending in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Adam Bierman was unable to be reached for any comments on the pending lawsuit.

If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated and would like to know your rights as an employee in the state of California, please contact the attorneys at the California Employment Legal Group today for a free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.