September 22nd, 2015 - Grupo Radio Centro LA LCC, a California-based radio station (owned by a Mexican corporation) is being sued for wrongful termination. The two former employees, Sean O’Neill and Rosa Ambriz, filed citing allegations that there was a “campaign of character assassination” as well as additional violations/allegations.
Both of the former employees claim that they were fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged fraud at the radio station as well as claims that the station was in violation of labor law due to the employment of illegal immigrants. The radio station denies all charges.
The two former employees are:
Sean O’Neill, former Vice President/General Manager, Grupo Radio Centro LA LCC
Rosa Ambriz, Office Manager, Grupo Radio Centro LA LCC
O’Neill was hired in January 2014 with a four year contract. He was terminated in August of 2014. It was only seven months in to the contract. When O’Neill was fired, Ambriz was also laid off from her position.
The two former Grupo employees accuse the company of wrongful termination according to California Labor Code. They claim that they were fired solely for speaking out against the allegedly fraudulent Nielsen ratings and so-called “payola” and “plugola” (forms of payment/incentives promoting products illicitly). Accusations were also made that the station knowingly hired independent contractors that were not authorized to work in the United States of America.
The former Grupo employees claim that workplace retaliation for their actions were taken, including: ongoing hostility in the workplace, intolerable work conditions, wrongful termination, etc. Grupo denies the allegations, stating that O’Neill was terminated for failing to meet sales goals as well as responding with allegations that O’Neill harassed other employees and was an underperforming employee.
The four-count suit includes allegations of California Labor Code violations, including:
- Breach of Contract
- Wrongful Termination
The plaintiffs in Sean O Neill et al v. Grupo Radio Centro LA LLC et al, case number 2:15-cv-06116, in the US District Court for the Central District of California are seeking damages, interest and costs.
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