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He Says He Was Fired for Being a White Guy. Now, $10M

Ex-hospital exec David Duvall wins wrongful termination suit against NC health care system

(Newser) - For nearly five years, David Duvall served as a top marketing executive for a North Carolina health care system—until he says he was abruptly fired in the summer of 2018, over what he claims was a move to diversify top staff. Duvall sued, and on Tuesday, a federal jury...

Prison Worker: I Wore Tampon, Was Fired for 'Smuggling'

Joyce Flores says guards monitoring body cameras mistook the product for contraband

(Newser) - A former employee at a Virginia prison says she put in a tampon and headed to work—and for that, she was fired. In a sex discrimination lawsuit, dental hygienist Joyce Flores, 48, says she was interrogated for hours at Augusta Correctional Center on July 17, 2019, after a body...

Analyst Fired for Discussing Co-Worker's 'Boobs': I'm the Victim

Jeremy Roenick, formerly of NBC Sports, sues, claiming anti-straight discrimination

(Newser) - Former hockey star and NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick has sued the network, claiming he was discriminated against for being straight. Roenick was fired after a December appearance on the Barstool Sports podcast "Spittin' Chiclets," where he mentioned wanting a threesome with his wife and a co-worker during...

Woman Says She Was Fired After Kids Made Noise During Calls

Drisana Rios is suing for gender discrimination

(Newser) - A California woman says she was fired for doing what millions of other Americans have been doing during the pandemic—looking after her children while working from home. Drisana Rios is suing insurance firm Hub International for gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. The 35-year-old account executive, who has a...

Assistant Says Mayor Is Firing Her for Ending Relationship

Suspended employee fights dismissal

(Newser) - Melanie McDade-Dickens was "an exemplary employee," her lawyer says, with no marks on her record until she told her boss—the mayor—that she was ending their romantic relationship. That got her escorted out of Inglewood City Hall and suspended in July; in November she got a letter...

Chipotle Fired Her. Now It Has to Pay Her $8M

Former manager Jeanette Ortiz was accused of stealing $626

(Newser) - She was called a thief. Now she can be called a millionaire. The Fresno Bee reports on the outcome of a wrongful termination lawsuit against a Chipotle in Fresno, Calif., that ended in favor of a manager who was fired in January 2015. Jeanette Ortiz, who had been with the...

Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing

Tim Chevalier says he was fired for coming down on 'misogynistic' ex-engineer James Damore

(Newser) - First ex-Google engineer James Damore sued his former employer for firing him after he put out a memo saying women aren’t fit for tech jobs. Now another ex-Google worker has brought his own suit against the company after he came out hard against Damore. Tim Chevalier's complaint —...

How Bieber's Testicles Led to Fired Hospital Worker

Employee suing for wrongful termination says she never met him, didn't access his records

(Newser) - Justin Bieber's emergency room visit to treat a twisted testicle is the subject of a lawsuit, though it's not (exactly) over the pop star's privates. People reports hospital ER staffer Kelly Lombardo is suing Northwell Health on Long Island for wrongful termination after she was sacked in...

Tomi Lahren Sues Glenn Beck and the Blaze

The conservative commentator claims she was wrongfully terminated

(Newser) - Tomi Lahren has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Glenn Beck and the Blaze, claiming her employers sought to "embarrass, humiliate, and undermine" her, Variety reports. The 24-year-old rising star of conservative commentary was suspended by the Blaze last month following an appearance on The View in which she...

Ex-Bandmate Claims Shaun White Forced Her to Watch Porn

Lena Zawaideh is suing the snowboarder for sexual harassment

(Newser) - A former member of Shaun White's rock band is suing the Olympic snowboarding champion, claiming he sexually harassed and refused to pay her, the AP reports. Lena Zawaideh was the drummer in White's band, Bad Things, until 2014. In the lawsuit, she says White repeatedly sexually harassed her,...

Teacher: I Was Fired Over 'Central Park Five' Lesson

NYC educator says school officials feared 'riots'

(Newser) - The Central Park Five were wrongfully convicted of a jogger's brutal rape and beating in a case that shook New York City 25 years ago. Now, a city teacher says she's been fired for creating a lesson plan about the case, reports the New York Daily News . Jeena...

Playboy Must Pay $6M to Fired Whistleblower

Thought to be the largest whistleblower payout under 2002 law

(Newser) - A former controller at Playboy Enterprises who was fired in 2012 may have just won the largest payout ever under a 2002 law that protects whistleblowers. Playboy has been ordered to pay Catherine Zulfer $6 million for her wrongful termination, Reuters reports. Zulfer says in 2010 she refused to accrue...

Woman Sues Over Halliburton's 'Anti-Procreation Policy'

Worker claims she was fired for being pregnant

(Newser) - Does everybody's favorite energy contractor, Halliburton, hate procreation? A former Halliburton employee is suing the company for wrongful termination and sex discrimination because, in the words of her lawyer, "she apparently violated the company's policy against procreation." Halliburton said it fired the pregnant administrative associate as part of...

Wal-Mart Sued Over Medical Pot Firing

Worker sacked for using prescribed pot for cancer

(Newser) - The ACLU is suing Wal-Mart on behalf of a Michigan man fired for using medical marijuana to ease the symptoms of sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor. Joseph Casias, a 30-year-old father of two, was fired after failing a drug test. Casias—a legally registered user of medicinal marijuana...

TMZ Employees Do Drugs on the Job: Lawsuit

Gossip tables turn on gossip site

(Newser) - Oh, how the tables have turned: TMZ finds itself the subject of one of today's juiciest gossip items, thanks to a former producer's wrongful termination lawsuit that paints the picture of a drug-fueled workplace. Christian Shostle claims he returned from a medical leave for depression to find his co-workers drinking...

Ensign Facing an Ethical Hot Potato, but no Legal Case (Yet)

Ex-lover would have to make accusation

(Newser) - The husband of John Ensign’s ex-mistress has accused the Republican senator of sexual harassment and wrongful termination—but there can be no legal case unless Cindy Hampton herself accuses Ensign of unwanted advances or creating a hostile work environment, experts tell Politico. Thus far, she’s the only one...

Roberts: Devil Won't Get School
Roberts: Devil Won't Get School

Roberts: Devil Won't Get School

Patriarch returns to battle scandal at Oral Roberts U

(Newser) - The 89-year-old founder of embattled Oral Roberts University has returned to the school to defend it against allegations of misuse of college funds by his own family members. "The devil is not going to steal" the university, Oral Roberts declared to students and staff at a religious service, as...

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