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Employee Terminated For Excessive Personal Use Of Company Resources Was Not Discriminated Against

Loggins v. Kaiser Permanente Int’l, 2007 WL 1395393 (Cal. Ct. App. 2007) During her employment with Kaiser, Dianne M. Loggins filed at least four claims alleging race discrimination or retaliation with the EEOC and the DFEH. She also complained to the Human Resources Director that her performance review contained criticisms that had “racial overtones.” Despite … Continue Reading

Terminating Sanctions Upheld Against Employee Who Failed To Respond To Discovery Requests

Parker v. Wolters Kluwer U.S., Inc., 2007 WL 969436 (Cal. Ct. App. 2007) Leonard O. Parker sued his former employer (WKUS) and three of its employees for various employment-related torts and breaches of contract. WKUS served Parker (who was in pro per throughout the proceedings) with a set of form interrogatories and a set of … Continue Reading

Physician Was Discharged For Insubordination, Not For Advocating Medically Appropriate Health Care

Sarka v. The Regents of the Univ. of Cal., 146 Cal. App. 4th 261 (2006) George Sarka, M.D., was employed as a primary care physician at UCLA’s student health center. He filed a grievance challenging the university’s decision to discharge him for repeatedly refusing to follow the directions of his superior to modify his approach … Continue Reading

“At Will” Language Preserved Employer’s Right To Terminate Without Cause

Dore v. Arnold Worldwide, Inc., 39 Cal. 4th 384 (2006) Brook Dore, who was employed as a management supervisor, countersigned an employment agreement (in the form of a letter) that characterized his employment as “at-will,” which was defined as the right of either party to terminate the employment “at any time.” Although the trial court … Continue Reading

Marijuana Compassionate Use Act Did Not Protect Employee From Termination

Ross v. Ragingwire Telecommunications, Inc., 132 Cal. App. 4th 590 (2005) In accordance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215), Gary Ross had a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana for his chronic back pain. Ragingwire offered Ross a job as a lead systems administrator subject to his passing a drug test, which he … Continue Reading

Employee Who Quit After Refusing To Fire Co-Worker Could Proceed With Retaliation Claim

Yanowitz v. L’Oréal USA, Inc., 36 Cal. 4th 1028 (2005) Elysa Yanowitz, a regional sales manager for L’Oréal USA, Inc., alleged that after refusing to carry out an order from a male supervisor to terminate the employment of a female sales associate who was not sufficiently sexually attractive, Yanowitz was subjected to hostile adverse treatment, … Continue Reading

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