Kaiser Fires Older Worker After Ageism Complaints, She Claims
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Kaiser fired an older worker in retaliation for complaining about age discrimination and harassment, the employee claims in her Sacramento County Superior Court lawsuit.
Debra Stone sues The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. for violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and California Labor Code, including wrongful termination, age discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage regulations.
Stone says she was verbally harassed about her age and treated differently than younger employees. When she complained about the discrimination and harassment, instead of doing anything to stop the discrimination, Kaiser fired her.
In addition, Stone says she was not paid overtime for hours worked over eight hours per day or over 40 hours per week, and was not paid double time for hours worked over 12 hours in a day or for working seven consecutive days.
Kaiser also did not timely pay her all that was due at the end of employment, including earned wages, overtime and missed meal and rest break premiums, and did not provide accurate itemized wage statements, according to the action.
Stone seeks payment of earned wages and withheld earnings in addition to special, compensatory, general and punitive damages, penalties, interest and legal costs.
The plaintiff is represented by Lawrence W. Freiman of Freiman Legal in Santa Monica, California.