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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal jury on Monday awarded $100,000 to a fired BellSouth Corp. employee. BellSouth said Jeffrey Bander was fired in 1999 because he failed to follow proper procedures for taking time off. But Bander, an Orthodox Jew, claimed he was fired for growing a beard and wearing a yarmulke in January 1998 as part of the mourning ritual after his son was killed by a drunk driver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two former administrators of the Orange Unified School District are demanding reinstatement and more than $1 million in damages, alleging they were unlawfully fired for refusing to break state regulations and for speaking publicly about problems in the beleaguered district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2001
Los Angeles County's former top medical officer, fired last summer in the wake of a scandal at a county clinic, has had that termination revoked and been allowed to resign from the county under a settlement approved by the Board of Supervisors this week. Donald C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001 | Elaine Gale, (714) 966-5975
The discord in the troubled Orange Unified School District continues to grow with a new claim filed by Judy Frutig, the former communications director of the district, and Barbara Bowen, who was the district's risk manager. The claim, filed Friday, charges the Orange Unified School District, the Orange Board of Education and eight individual members with wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation and seeks $1 million in damages for both women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former employee of a Camarillo Target store is suing the discount chain, saying she was wrongly fired for taking a week off to care for her sick baby. Angela Lee, 22, alleges that Target Corp. has a "policy and practice" of discriminating against female employees who are pregnant, have recently given birth or take time off to care for ill children. "It's policy in the state of California to allow time for workers to . . .
BUSINESS
December 22, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Autobytel.com employee who claimed he was transferred out of state and then fired after reporting alleged business irregularities has been awarded $1.9 million in damages against the Irvine online car-selling service. An Orange County Superior Court jury Wednesday awarded former Autobytel regional sales director Thomas Heshion $400,000 in actual damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages after deliberating less than a day.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Autobytel.com employee who claimed he was transferred out of state and then fired after reporting alleged business irregularities has been awarded $1.9 million in damages against the Irvine online car-selling service. An Orange County Superior Court jury Wednesday awarded former Autobytel regional sales director Thomas Heshion $400,000 in actual damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages after deliberating less than a day.
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