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California Radio Station Sued for Wrongful Termination

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
  • Defamation

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.

If you need additional information regarding wrongful termination and what constitutes a hostile work environment, contact the at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.


Comcast Beats a $20B Racial Discrimination Suit

September 17th, 2015 - A California judge rejected a complaint against Al Sharpton and Comcast that there were too few African-American owned TV channels on the air. The $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit failed because the National Association of African-American Owned Media was not able to sufficiently allege any plausible claim for relief. 

The suit was originally filed in February prior to the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. The complaint alleged that the two companies spend collectively and approximately $25 billion each year for the licensing of pay-television channels and advertising of products and services, but that African-American owned media typically receive less than $3 million annually.

The legal action gained notoriety for its inclusion of the following as co-defendants:

  • Al Sharpton
  • The NAACP
  • The National Urban League
  • The National Action Network

The above were included in as co-defendants for allegedly “facilitating discrimination.”

Defendants in the case said that the lawsuit was entirely fantastical, shameful, etc. arguing that the complaint was not based on fact, but was simply full of defamation claims. U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. seemed to agree with their conclusion regarding the nature of the allegations as he spent only three pages analyzing claims in order to decide to dismiss, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to plead sufficient facts to show the court held personal jurisdiction over Sharpton and the various advocacy groups identified as co-defendants. The additional claims laid against defendants didn’t survive because the Judge could not reasonably infer liability for misconduct alleged even if plaintiff’s “facts” were accepted.

Plaintiffs in the case made it clear that they are glad the suit was able to help the FCC and the DOJ deny Comcast’s bid to purchase Time Warner Cable and were heard to state that they felt that alone was a “big win.” They also stated that they were going to appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and fully believe that they will receive a more favorable decision through appeal.

If you have questions regarding racial discrimination or discrimination in the workplace, please get in touch with the southern California employment law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.