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February 27, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided not to decide one of its most closely watched job discrimination cases. The non-decision was unanimous. At issue was whether a laid-off older worker who sued her employer for age bias could rely on the testimony of other older workers who also were fired from the same company.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
People who worked closely with Frank Davis on the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" testified Thursday that they found the first assistant director to be uncommunicative and lacking in people skills leading up to his 2002 firing by Universal Pictures from the movie. The testimony came on the third day of an anti-discrimination government lawsuit against Universal, alleging that Davis, who is African American, was wrongly fired because of his race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Monterey County man opened fire at a wastewater treatment plant Friday, fatally shooting another man and critically wounding the gunman's estranged wife before killing himself, police said. Steven Harold Smith, 50, the pump station maintenance supervisor, shot the two fellow employees shortly before 7 a.m. at the Lode Street Wastewater Facility in the Live Oak section of Santa Cruz, Sheriff's Sgt. Fred Plageman said. Mike Sotelo, 41, of Santa Cruz, died at the scene.
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April 17, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court refused Monday to put stricter limits on racial slurs in the workplace, turning away an appeal from a black computer technician who was fired shortly after complaining that a white co-worker loudly described a pair of crime suspects as "two black monkeys in a cage." Robert Jordan was dismissed from his contract job for IBM in suburban Maryland a month after his complaint and was told that he was "being disruptive."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2007
SOMEONE needs to tell David O. Russell that we have laws in this country that prohibit employers from abusing their employees [" 'Huckabees' Tantrum Just Business as Usual?" by Gina Piccalo, April 11]. If any other employer acted like he did, he would be fired and/or sued for abuse. More shocking is the reaction of liberal Hollywood -- from George Clooney condemning the release of the tape as "sneaky" and messing with people's lives, to Russell's co-workers and friends justifying it by saying that "movie sets are pressure cookers."
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April 14, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court weighed Friday whether to limit racial slurs in the workplace just as two broadcast networks were firing radio host Don Imus for his demeaning, racist comments on air. The justices were considering an appeal from a black computer technician who was fired from his job at IBM after he complained that a white co-worker had loudly referred to a pair of crime suspects as "two black monkeys in a cage."
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March 10, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Tucson on Friday acquitted Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz of charges that he smuggled another agent's girlfriend across the border from Mexico to the U.S. Cruz, 34, had been prosecuted as part of a series of cases against agents who had dated -- and in some cases married -- illegal immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
A disgruntled employee whose hours recently had been cut back at a Signal Hill printing company shot and wounded three colleagues Monday before fatally turning the gun on himself, police said. The shooter, identified by authorities as Jose Mendez, 68, of Hawthorne, arrived at Kenyon Press shortly after 9 a.m. Monday armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Because of a companywide slowdown in orders, Mendez had not been scheduled to work for weeks, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A landscape worker was killed Monday in the backyard of an Irvine home where he was working, and another worker was arrested on suspicion of homicide, authorities said. The incident on Woods Trail occurred shortly before noon when officers discovered a man bleeding on the ground, apparently hit on the head with a blunt instrument such as a shovel or a pick, said police Lt. Rick Handfield. He died at the scene.
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