Dwight Ritter recently won a $1.5 million judgment for his client, Kimberli Hirst, in a sexual harassment case against the Oceanside Police Department. Hirst worked as a phlebotomist for the Department. Between October of 2008 and October of 2009, she was subjected to a series of sexual comments and propositions by officer Gil Garcia, who often worked alone with Hirst in a locked room, according to Ritter.
The jury’s decision in the case apportioned 75% of the blame for the harassment to the city of Oceanside, and 25% to Garcia himself. This is due to the fact that Hirst claims that the police department should have prevented retaliation from Garcia against Hirst once the investigation commenced. Additionally, the department was aware of Garcia’s problem, and should have taken action to prevent this behavior from affecting Hirst.
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A graduate of San Diego State University is suing the city of Carlsbad for sexual harassment and gender discrimination after she was forced to resign from her firefighter position without explanation.
The 28-year old was the first female to be admitted into the program in Carlsbad, and was almost done with her probationary period when she was told she had to resign or face termination. She chose to resign in order to still be able to work in another city. There was no explanation given to the woman, and she believes that gender discrimination was the reason why she was told to leave.
During her training, the woman mentioned several accounts of sexual harassment coming from former co-workers, including crude shower comments. She is now employed in Santa Cruz as a paramedic making much less than her potential earnings as a firefighter. She is suing the city of Carlsbad for $2 million to account for lost wages as well as sexual harassment and discrimination.
Four female employees at a Chula Vista Chik-Fil-A restaurant are suing the chain, the location’s owner, and their supervisor for sexual harassment that they say has continued for over two years.
The women range in age from 18 to 40 years-old. They claim their male supervisor sexually harassed them and that their complaints to upper management were ignored. One states that the supervisor threatened to have them deported if they continued to complain.
Along with claims of sexual harassment, the women list assault, retaliation, emotional distress, battery, intentional infliction, negligent supervision, and hiring and retention among the abuses of the the company.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual harassment, contact the San Diego sexual harassment attorneys of Ritter & Associates today at 619-296-0123.