African-American manager in LA County Tax Collector's office says he was retaliated against after blowing whistle on the activities of a senior manager.
Law Office of Michael J. Curls by Michael J. Curls and Nichelle D. Jordan, Los Angeles.
Peterson Bradford Burkwitz by George Peterson, Burbank.
Plaintiff was a 30-year employee with the County of Los Angeles. His position title at the time of leaving the County agency was Supervising Deputy, Public Administrator I.
Plaintiff contended that he was retaliated against for raising concerns of misappropriation of Probate Assets by a manager in the County of Los Angeles Department of Treasurer and Tax Collector. Plaintiff claimed that Treasurer and Tax Collector senior management collaborated to cover-up the alleged misdeeds.
Plaintiff also contended that he was retaliated against for complaining that Black employees, and Black males in particular, were subjected to disparate treatment at the County of Los Angeles.
Plaintiff further contended that he was not able to return to work at the County of Los Angeles as a result of the hostile work environment that he was subjected to.
Defendant contended that Mr. Winston suffered discipline because of the manner in which he expressed his whistleblowing and race-based concerns, not the content of his complaints. Also denied any cover-up of the misdeeds.