Worker Blames Firing on Complaints of Bosses’ Policy Violations
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) – Kaiser fired an older office worker who complained that her managers were not disciplined for violations of Kaiser’s policies, according to an action filed in Riverside County Superior Court.
Roberta Cervantes sued Southern California Permanente Medical Group for wrongful termination, employment discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, failure to prevent discrimination, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Cervantes, who is over the age of 40, says that her age, and her complaints regarding defendant Kaiser’s refusal to discipline managers were the motivating factors in her firing, according to the action.
Cervantes said that her managers were not disciplined according to section 5.3.4 of defendant Kaiser’s own policies “regarding expiration of LCRs,” and that when she made a complaint about this, she was fired in retaliation.
As a result, Cervantes has lost earnings, salary, bonuses, insurance benefits, and retirement benefits, and has been humiliated, embarrassed, reputationally damaged, and is emotionally distressed and mentally anguished, the suit states.
Defendant’s conduct “constitutes malice, oppression, or fraud,” the complaint claims.
Cervantes seeks general, special and punitive damages, an order stopping the discriminatory corporate practices, interest and legal costs.
The plaintiff is represented by Brad J. Husen, of the Law Offices of Brad Husen in Corona, California.