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Employment discrimination lawsuit against UCLA by former employee

While most employees in California are very happy with their jobs and like their bosses, many are not so lucky. The law is very clear that discrimination based on race, gender or other protected classes is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Even so, instances of employment discrimination can still occur. Recently, a former employee of the University of California, Los Angeles filed a lawsuit, alleging that she had been discriminated against and was unfairly terminated.

The woman -- who is African American -- used to work as an administrative assistant in the Department of Economics at the university. She worked there for almost two years and asserts that she had a glowing employment record. She claims that several incidents of discrimination by her supervisor caused her to file the suit. She cites an episode where her boss allegedly joked about wearing a noose for a party and another event where her boss blamed the woman’s accent and culture for miscommunication on a project.

The employee lodged a complaint with her department of human resources, hoping to resolve the solution. She next filed a complaint internally of discrimination and harassment. Afterwards, the woman claims, her boss told her she was suspended for a day and did not give her the full amount of her paycheck. The next month after that incident, the employee alleges that she received an official termination letter from the university. She decided to file a lawsuit, claiming she was fired for her age, race and the recorded objections to the behavior of her boss.

The suit is still pending at this time, and the university has offered no comment. The courts will listen to the evidence to determine if the woman was treated differently by her supervisor due to her race or any other factors. If so, her claim of employment discrimination will likely be sustained. Other California residents who might relate to this story have the right to pursue a civil claim against their employer if they have been discriminated against. Doing so could result in financial compensation for the employee in an amount that corresponds with their case.

Source: Westwood-Century City Ca. Patch, "Former UCLA Admin Assistant Sues After Being Fired, Claiming Racial Discrimination", Penny Arevalo, June 26, 2014

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