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Former rehab worker files wrongful termination complaint

Category: Discrimination, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination

On Sept. 18, a woman who worked as a human resources director for a California rehabilitation center filed a lawsuit against her former employer in Los Angeles Superior Court. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Passages Malibu, Grasshopper House LLC, two Passages Malibu co-founders and the defendant’s supervisor. Allegations in the lawsuit include discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

When the plaintiff was hired to work at Passages Malibu, she was 53 years old and suffering from leukemia. After taking a week off for a medical issue, the plaintiff was fired by her employer on the same day that she returned to work. The plaintiff was told that she had excellent skills and experience but was no longer a good fit for the job. Earlier in her employment, the plaintiff had found out that her supervisor had fired two other workers because the workers were “too old.”

During the plaintiff’s two-month employment at the rehab facility, she says that she witnessed many employment law violations. According to the complaint, workers were being denied overtime pay and rest breaks, and there were non-compliance issues involving physician contacts, licensing and training. The complaint also states that there were no formal procedures for monitoring patients, and the plaintiff was instructed to falsify information about a patient’s death.

There are often several different issues going on in wrongful termination cases. Before an employee was fired, they might have witnessed their employer commit unlawful employment actions and become a victim of harassment for complaining about what they saw. A lawyer might help an individual who has gone through an experience like this by filing a claim with the appropriate federal or state agency.

Source: Pacific Palisades Patch, “Former Passages Malibu Employee Alleges Improriety in Lawsuit,” Paige Austin, Sept. 21, 2015

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