Kaiser faces wrongful termination suit from California employee

Kaiser is faced with a legal battle with a former employee. The former employee filed a wrongful termination claim in a California courtroom after she claims she was forced to endure religious and racial discrimination. The employee belonged to the Muslim religion and was previously working as a supervisor in the collections department.

During her employment, her manager described her performance as excellent. After a while, her fellow colleagues began to make negative comments about her race and religion. She informed her manager about the matter, but the discrimination purportedly continued for another year. The suit maintains that some of the employees offered to sprinkle holy water on her and even asked if she knew Osama Bin Laden.

Things took a turn when an employee apparently disclosed to the woman that she was being sexually harassed by the Human Resources Manager. Eventually, the woman was terminated for improper timekeeping entries, but she states that not the real reason for her termination. She filed a lawsuit against Kaiser for racial and national-origin discrimination and failure to prevent discrimination and harassment. The complaint also cites wrongful termination and hostile workplace harassment.

No person should endure repeated harassment at their place of work due to the person’s race or for any other reason. Discrimination at the workplace can cause emotional distress and a hostile environment. The plaintiff in this case is requesting punitive damages which she may receive if evidence substantiates her claims. California employees who were terminated out of discriminatory purposes may have the right to file wrongful termination claims against the company as an appropriate legal remedy.

Source: courthousenews.com, "Muslim Fired by Kaiser Claims Discrimination", Barbara Wallace, May 17, 2014

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