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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2000 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Mater Dei High nurse filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the school and the Diocese of Orange, alleging she was wrongfully terminated after complaining that Principal Pat Murphy gave preferential treatment to an athlete who repeatedly failed drug tests.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2000 | LISA GIRION
A Woodland Hills woman sued her former employer Tuesday, alleging she was wrongly fired after she refused to remove a new tongue stud. Mary Haudenshield, 29, said she did not believe the small stud she placed in her tongue Sept. 3 was visible to others or in violation of the dress code at the apartment complex where she worked as a leasing consultant.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four Disneyland employees who were fired for allegedly stealing free passes have resolved their wrongful-termination claims against the amusement park, and another is negotiating a settlement, some of the workers and their lawyers said Wednesday. Details weren't released. The workers, fired in December, contend they were bullied by Disneyland's internal investigators and falsely accused of giving the passes to co-workers and friends.
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