Employee of 22 years complains of harassment followed by retaliatory termination.
Past wages and benefits of $160,525 plus prejudgment interest of $11,236.75.
Future lost wages for six months of $38,526;
Makarem & Associates by Deborah P. Gutierrez, Los Angeles.
SV Employment Law Firm PC by Steven L. Friedlander, San Mateo.
Claimant filed causes of action for disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination against American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada And Utah (“AAA”) after AAA terminated her 22-year employment with the company.
Claimant alleged that she complained about her supervisor's severe and pervasive harassment, including his disparagement of racial minorities, women, and older employees. In response to claimant's complaints to Human Resources, claimant's supervisor retaliated against her by escalating his harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
Further, that claimant was harassed by her supervisor for approximately 1 year, beginning July 2017 through September 2018.
That AAA was aware of the supervisor's harassment and failed to protect her from the supervisor's abusive conduct. When the supervisor's harassment got to the point of causing claimant debilitating panic attacks and chronic depression, she sought disability leave and relocation to a vacant position at another AAA branch as a reasonable accommodation.
Although AAA had vacant positions available to relocate claimant, AAA failed to provide claimant with reasonable accommodation. AAA also failed to investigate claimant’s and other employees' complaints against the supervisor and retaliated against claimant by terminating her 22-year employment with the company.
Plaintiff did not have an FEHA-recognized disability and that, because plaintiff's doctor had deemed her to be "totally disabled," defendant was not required to provide relocation as a reasonable accommodation.
Past and future economic losses.