Employment Law

LucasFilm Employee Alleges She Was Called An “Ewok”

From yesterday's report of filings in San Francisco Superior Court: Tabitha Totah v. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., CGC-09-490959 (7/30/09) Employment complaint for race discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The plaintiff was fired because, as her supervisor said, "You needed to…


Judge Who Lost Pants Loses Another Suit

It seems that our old friend Roy L. Pearson, Jr., he of the $65 million pants, has recovered sufficiently from losing that case to get on with losing another one. This one was a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the District of Columbia,…


Another Animal-Attack Lawsuit Fails: Humans Now 0-5

On Point News reports that last week, a West Virginia jury rejected the claims of a man who blamed his employer's negligence for injuries he suffered when he was attacked by a goose. Based on my studies of somewhat similar…


Judge Who Lost Pants Wants Job Back

In what is certainly welcome news for amateur legal humorists everywhere, Roy Pearson has filed another lawsuit.  As you may recall (see, e.g., "Judge Drops Pants; Suit Still On," Lowering the Bar (June 6, 2007)), Pearson was formerly Judge Pearson,…


UPDATE: Fired Butt Artist Settles Wrongful-Termination Lawsuit

I have just learned that, last month, the parties reached a settlement in Stan Murmer’s wrongful-termination lawsuit against his former employer.  As you may recall from prior reports on his firing and on the denial of the school district’s motion…


Video Ruins Yet Another Workers’ Comp Claim

How many workers’ compensation claims have been proven false by a video showing the claimant doing something inconsistent with his claimed injury? Well, it’s probably a lot.  And now it’s a lot plus one. Garrett Dalton, 41, of Naugatuck, Connecticut,…


Repeated Demands for Prostitute: Grounds for Termination?

I don’t want to keep you in suspense: the answer is yes. Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, located in Iowa, apparently gives its employees a special bonus to mark their first year of employment.  The bonus, at least in this…


Butt Artist’s Case Against Former Employer Will Proceed

“Butt Artist Trial is Set” was the actual headline of the article at the link below, which informs us that a motion to dismiss Stan Murmer’s lawsuit against his former employer was denied on February 15.  Murmer, you may recall,…


Mustache-Discrimination Case Reaches Indian Supreme Court

On Monday, February 11, justices of the Supreme Court of India heard argument in the case of a man who claims he was fired from his job at Indian Airlines because of his sizeable and “elaborate” handlebar mustache. Initial reports…