Ms. Danielle Wells was a valued member of the Los Angeles Police Department for more than ten years, even being promoted to Sergeant during the time. However, like all employees, Ms. Wells experienced complications related to her health which affected her ability to perform her duties at work. During that time, Ms. Wells should have been afforded the rights and protections that are guaranteed to her under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, and under Labor Code § 1102.5. However, like so many others, her rights were not recognized until a Los Angeles employment law attorney helped her find justice.
Ms. Wells received a $1 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles this month in response to her claim against the city for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. After complications with her pregnancy, and a subsequent knee injury on the job, the LAPD launched an investigation into Well’s “long history of going IOD (injured on duty). Even though her doctor had cleared her to return to work under medical restrictions, the police department prohibited Ms. Wells from returning until she was able to keep up with a full duty workload.
The harassment got only worse from there. When she was eventually permitted to return to work with medical restrictions, those restrictions were ignored. The police department even went to the length of sending a uniformed officer to Ms. Well’s physician’s office to seek a change in Ms. Well’s restrictions, and threatening to report him to the California Medical Board when he refused to do so.
If you feel that you have been, or are currently the victim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, your prompt action is vital. Contact the California employment law attorney who can see to it that your rights are recognized and protected today! At Stephen Danz & Associates, we pride ourselves in having the experience and ability to protect employees and their rights. Call now for a free consultation to discuss your circumstances and legal options.