According to LawyersandSettlements.com, two former employees of Grupo Radio Centro LA LCC have filed a lawsuit claiming that the company wrongfully terminated them and engaged in a “campaign of character assassination” following their dismissal.
The California plaintiffs claim that they were fired in retaliation for whistle blowing when they alleged that the company was employing illegal immigrants. According to Bloomberg, Grupo provides programming services to the Los Angeles-based radio station KMVN-FM.
The plaintiffs include the former vice president/general manager and an office manager for the company. The pair alleged that the company hired employees and contractors “that were not legally authorized to work in the US” prior to their dismissal. They also claim that they spoke out over Nielsen ratings fraud and so-called “payola” schemes. Payola is the act of payment and incentives to broadcast media illegally.
Grupo has denied the allegations, saying that the former employees were terminated for missed sales goals and underperformance. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
Your Employer Cannot Retaliate Against You for Reporting Illegal Activities
As we wrote in this August blog post, employees who report or participate in investigations involving alleged instances of illegalities at work have legal rights in California. If your employer demotes you or fires you after you make a claim, you may be able to file a whistle blowing, retaliation and/or wrongful termination lawsuit.
Labor laws protect you if you voice concerns over illegal practices at work. If your employer has retaliated against you for making claims about possible issues, speak to our Los Angeles labor attorneys, who can investigate your case and determine if you have grounds for lawsuit.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys