Workplace porn harasses
Pornography scattered about the workplace by an
employer is deemed harassment and grounds for constructive wrongful
termination, but not intentional infliction of emotional distress.
(Quinn v. Barry & Company, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Broadside causes injuries
Suffering from numerous neurological ailments, a
woman hit in an intersection is confined to a wheelchair for the rest
of her life. (Burch v. Children's Hospital of Orange County Thrift
Stores Inc., Orange County Superior Court).
Dust damages lungs
Accidental exposure to overwhelming volumes of
cement dust at work permanently damaged a maintenance worker's
lungs. (Osborne v. Kaiser Cement Corp., Alameda County Superior
Falling fence scars child
Maintenance workers at an apartment building
inadequately secured an iron fence which fell, scarring a young girl.
(Garcia v. Riverview Community Partnership, Orange County Superior
Latex provides excuse
Finding a piece of latex (which he asserts was a
condom) in his orange muffin so distressed a man that he missed a week
of work. (Melendez v. Otis Spunkmeyer, Yolo County Superior Court).
Fertility treatment wasted
A couple, both 45, claimed that their
advanced-age infertility resulted from time wasted by the unsuccessful
fertility treatments of defendant medical group. (Malek v. Desert
Valley Medical Group, San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Life employment implied
Dead man's promises to his apartment manager
implied a contract for life employment, thwarting his heir's
attempts to fire the man. (Rojas v. Glicksman, Los Angeles County
Failed IPO sinks CFO
A Direct Express executive claimed that he was
fired because his company's planned initial public offering fell
through. (Moreau v. Direct Express, Los Angeles County Superior
Gymnast slips, hurts hip
A gymnastics student suffered a chondrolytic hip
after falling from a balance beam onto an unpadded support. (Bozorghadad
v. Gold Star Gymnastics Academy Inc., Santa Clara County Superior
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