Federal Judge, Again, Rejects Sheriff's Refusal To Accept Jury Verdict In War Hero Abuse Case

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Jack Gould / OC Weekly
Montoya
Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) officials have repeatedly refused to accept a jury's 2013 verdict that they discriminated against a deputy who took temporary leave to serve in a U.S. marine scout sniper unit during the Iraq War and earned the prestigious Navy Cross for life-saving, Battle of Baghdad heroics in 2003.

But Scott Montoya--whose military service was brazenly mocked upon his return to OCSD, targeted for loaded internal affairs probes and fired as a person unworthy to wear a deputy's uniform--keeps winning court rulings.

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UC Irvine, UCLA and Labor Leaders Celebrate Orange County Reality Collaboration TONIGHT

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Orange County Labor Federation
I'm proud to be a union man.

There's much to celebrate in Buena Park tonight: the two-year-old collaboration between UC Irvine, the UCLA Labor Center and the Orange County Federation of Labor; the launch of the UCI Community and Labor Project (UCICLP); and the evening's honorees AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, UCI School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Santa Ana Boys & Men of Color.


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Federal Lawsuit: Illegal, Anti-Military Service Bias Exists In County Counsel's Office

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A veteran lawyer in the county counsel's office is suing his bosses for illegal retaliation after he served as an honest witness in a case involving alleged anti-military service bias.

Brad Posin claims in his January 26 federal lawsuit that he'd earned excellent performance reviews for a decade until he was interviewed about his observations for a colleague, Robert Ervais, who filed a 2013 lawsuit against the county counsel's office.

Ervais claimed he faced repeated, workplace discrimination because he joined the U.S. Army Reserves after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) bans public and private employers from using military service as a basis for job discrimination.

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OC Mental Health Workers to Join Statewide Strike Against Kaiser Permanente

Categories: Labor

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Mental health workers are primed to picket outside Kaiser Permanente medical centers across California, including OC, starting Monday. The week-long strike calls out the healthcare nonprofit for raking billions in profits without staffing enough therapists for patients in need.

Represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), psychologists, social workers and therapists want more workers so people don't have to be backlogged for weeks in order just to get help.

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Newport Beach Payroll Manager Caught Embezzling Funds Gets Federal Prison

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A 53-year-old human resources manager and onetime beauty queen who spent six years slyly embezzling money from her Newport Beach corporate employer this month thought U.S. Department of Justice officials pushed for a "too severe" prison punishment of 41 months.

Claiming she's "very remorseful" and committed her crimes under emotional duress at Trinity Property Consultants, Susan Lynne Chapman hoped for a prison stint of no more than 33 months.

But Assistant United States Attorney Jeannie M. Joseph reported that Chapman--a former Colorado county fair beauty queen who dropped out of high school in the 11th grade--used her control of the company's payroll to steal more than $1.24 million by artificially inflating auto expense allowances, diverting the money to a Surprise, Arizona bank account, and attempting to permanently erase records to block detection.

Chapman used the loot to remodel her home pool, repay a $35,000 loan, pay monthly credit card and mortgage bills, and buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to law enforcement records.

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Raising Minimum Wage Kills Jobs: UCI Study

Categories: Labor, School Daze

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Don't worry, old man, they don't raise the wages of the workers writing the shit either.
One more reason no one gets raises: Increasing the minimum wage causes long-term job losses, according to UCI Irvine research.

And a hearty bah humbug to ya'll!

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Ex-Anaheim City Attorney Says She Is Victim Of Council Majority's War On Latinos

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A veteran Anaheim city attorney forced to resign in Jan. 2013 is hoping a future federal jury will believe her claims of discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment, and award her damages.

In the pending lawsuit filed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Cristina Talley alleges that a city council majority "continuously harassed" her because they perceived she sided with Latino community protesters who oppose city government subsidies to private corporations and believe the city's elections are rigged to dilute their representation.

"When certain issues pending before the city council angered the Latino community, resulting in large turnouts of Latino citizens at council meetings, certain members of the city council implied that perhaps Ms. Talley would not and could not be objective in those matters," the lawsuit states.

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Newport Beach PD Made Life for its Good Cops a Living Hell

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Luke McGarry

It was impossible for Balboa Peninsula motorists to notice anything unusual when they passed Newport Beach City Hall on the afternoon of March 10, 2011. The warm sun hovering above steady beach traffic and palm trees swaying from a periodic, lazy breeze revealed just a typical, Southern California day. But not far from Pacific Coast Highway, on a sidewalk adjacent to 32nd Street--a road flanking local government offices until last year's relocation--high-ranking police officers were teaching a lesson to one of Orange County's most heroic whistleblowers and his wife: Mess with us, and you'll pay dearly.

In recent years, daily examples of faithful public service inside the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) have been overshadowed by alarming corruption. City officials ignore or downplay the misconduct, but NBPD bosses turned the agency into a darker, stupider version of Animal House. Court records and internal documents show the city's boys in blue have accepted gratuities in exchange for favors, gotten frat-boy drunk at work, lied under oath, passed out confidential information to pals, encouraged oral sex from female job applicants, committed wild adultery on duty, doctored official reports, hurled feces, dished out horrific domestic violence against wives and girlfriends, engaged in intoxicated bar fights, issued criminal threats, vandalized property, converted powerful agency spy equipment to personal use, and rigged promotion systems to ensure mostly see-no-evil, management-loyal employees rise--and let the hijinks continue.

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Corporate Manager Prompts Lawsuit After Allegedly Sending Penis Photo To Co-Worker

Categories: Court, Labor, XXX

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Welcome to 2014 boys!
If a male corporate manager wants to invite a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2014, he will electronically send a photograph of a penis to a female co-worker.

If this bozo has any worries about failing on this crazy mission, he would also email or text graphic requests for sex as well as tie work issues to lewd acts.

In her Dec. 1 federal lawsuit, Orange County's Rachel Kremer claims she was the victim of such illegal conduct while working in the Irvine office of Zillow, Inc., a place she says had "a pervasive culture of degrading women" and resembled an "adult frat house."

Zillow spokesperson Jill Simmons said company officials are aware of the case.

"Zillow takes any allegations about our work environment very seriously," said Simmons. "When this allegation was first made, we immediately investigated these claims and, as a result, took quick action and terminated a sales employee in our Irvine office. The allegations in the complaint do not reflect Zillow's culture or workplace and are completely inconsistent with our values. We don't tolerate harassment of any kind."

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Sourin Babayan Gets Prison, $80k Restitution Order for Hosing, Trying to Shut Up Workers

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OC Weekly archives
Install in ceilings then get hosed.
A former sprinkler contractor cut a deal in an Orange County courtroom that had him pleading guilty to winning a lucrative bid to install improvements at the Fairview Developmental Hospital in Costa Mesa, paying his employees the state contracted amount and then forcing the workers to give him back $81,000 lest they lose their jobs.

Sourin Babayan, who also had the nerve to try to get his workers to keep quiet about the scheme, was immediately sentenced Friday to two years in state prison and ordered to pay $80,200 in restitution.

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