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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A former Chumash Casino security employee filed a $5-million wrongful-termination suit, claiming that the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians fired him in retaliation for reporting alleged illegal gambling and card-counting activities. Conrad Sabiron alleges that his former employer withheld promised raises after his claims of improprieties at the casino.
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BUSINESS
December 6, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. was sued for wrongful termination by its former chief executive, who said the casino company blamed him for a 2001 "weekend of debauchery" that led to regulatory sanctions and harassment suits. Paul Alanis, whose resignation was announced in April by Glendale-based Pinnacle, claims that the June 2001 event at the Belterra Casino in Indiana was organized by the former chairman of Pinnacle's board, R.D. Hubbard.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2002 | ANITA M. BUSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Onetime super-agent Michael Ovitz is being sued again by a former top executive. Cathy Schulman, the former president of Ovitz's film production division at now-defunct Artists Management Group, said in court papers that her former boss flew into a "rage" and fired her for telling auditors that she suspected Ovitz of "improperly allocating" film company funds.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2002 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In April 1997, Nicole Thibodeau went to work as a secretary and receptionist at a small architectural firm in Chester, Conn. Just before Christmas, she told her employers she was pregnant. Four months later, she was fired. "It was a Friday, 15 minutes before the end of the day. I had no warning at all," she recalled. "I was so upset. I was 7 1/2 months pregnant. It was so overwhelming."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging breach of contract, blacklisting and defamation, among other complaints, Bruce D. Thibodeau has filed suit against the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which he led as executive director from 1995 to 1997. The suit, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court on May 14, seeks general and special damages from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society Inc., Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Foundation and board members. Thibodeau was hired by LACO in 1993 as acting director of finance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Stung by a $3.6-million jury verdict favoring a Los Angeles Police Department employee who said she was wrongly fired, the City Council agreed Friday to seek a new trial and pursue settlement talks. A June 21 federal jury decision favored Theresa Schell, a former fiscal services specialist with the Police Department. She said she was fired in retaliation for giving key testimony against the city in a costly police overtime case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reigniting a battle over unionization of the nation's largest strawberry grower, attorneys for a right-to-work group Thursday accused an Oxnard company of illegally firing 150 fruit pickers because they refused to join the United Farm Workers union. In charges filed with the state's farm labor board, the National Right to Work Foundation alleges Coastal Berry Co., at the behest of the UFW, wrongfully insisted upon union membership as a condition of employment for its workers earlier this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sexual harassment settlement that may be the largest of its kind ever paid by the California State University system has come to light in a related lawsuit filed last week. The university paid close to $500,000 last year to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Cal State Fullerton employee Pamela Losco. Now her brother David, the former personnel director for the campus, alleges in a lawsuit that he was demoted for helping his sister with her suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury Thursday ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $3.6 million to a longtime city employee who was fired after giving key testimony against the city in a costly police overtime case. After just more than four hours of deliberation, the eight-person jury also found Police Chief Bernard C. Parks and Cmdr. Daniel Watson, the department's ombudsman, personally liable for $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, in punitive damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 | JANE E. ALLEN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
A San Bernardino jury awarded a psychiatrist $1.56 million after agreeing that he was fired by one of the state's leading medical groups in retaliation for refusing to switch his patients to less expensive prescription medications. But before Dr. John Kohut's case against Beaver Medical Group in Redlands could reach a jury for punitive damages, as expected Thursday, it was settled. Neither Kohut's attorney, Theresa Barta of Newport Beach, nor Dr.
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