January 26, 2010
GLENDALE — Four Armenian officers and one former officer have filed a joint lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department, alleging years of discrimination, derogatory comments and harassment because of their race. Officers John Balian and Robert Parseghian; Sgts. Vahak Mardikian and Tigran Topadzhikyan; and former Officer Benny Simonzad filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleging myriad on-the-job discrimination and harassment incidents. When confronted with complaints of the discrimination, command staff failed to respond, according to the federal lawsuit.
March 13, 2012
The judge in the trial of a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory employee who claims he was fired for his belief that God had a hand in shaping the universe will determine what's dogma and what isn't, not a religious expert. David Coppedge, a former systems administration lead on NASA'sCassini mission to Saturn, claims he was unfairly terminated from his JPL job for discussing California's gay marriage ban initiative with colleagues and for giving them DVDs promoting intelligent design - the theory that life and the existence of the universe are best explained as the result of the influence of God or an intelligent agent.
January 15, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- Discrimination will be the subject Thursday when the the League of Women Voters hosts a forum on the city's policies for distributing federal money. The forum, which will feature input from groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Girl Scouts of America, aims to give direction to the city in its policies for dealing with federal block grant money. Terry Bailey, president of the Glendale-Burbank chapter of the League of Women Voters, said the event stems from an effort that began in August, when the Glendale Human Relations Coalition pushed the City Council to adopt stricter rules against discrimination.
January 20, 2001
Alex Coolman SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- The city should broaden its nondiscrimination policies to prevent giving money to groups that exclude people, residents said at a Thursday night symposium held by the League of Women Voters. Dozens of Glendale residents and several city officials attended the meeting on the city's nondiscrimination policy, held at Fire Station 21 on Oak Street. Many of those in attendance, including Glendale resident Marjorie Davis, expressed concern that public money could be going to organizations unwilling to serve all members of the public.
February 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Valley Temps Inc. settled a lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $12,000, and agreed to expunge the personnel file of the employee. The temporary job placement agency hired L.A. resident Lydia Martinez as an office assistant at its Glenoaks Boulevard location in March 1999. Her employment was terminated three weeks later by a manager who was unhappy with her Guatemalan accent, said Equal Employment Opportunity Commission senior trial attorney Peter F. Laura.
February 6, 2010
The Super Bowl is this weekend. But the game won’t be played without a bit of controversy. CBS has rejected an ad from a gay dating website. While entirely commercial in nature, CBS argues, the spot “is not within the network’s broadcast standards for Super Bowl Sunday.” While CBS has rejected other ads (one featuring a man named Lola), the folks behind the dating site say it is “straight-up discrimination.” What do you think? Is it discrimination?
June 11, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- A man who was fired from his job with the city has filed a $100,000 claim against Glendale alleging racial discrimination. Maurice Brown, who worked as customer service representative for Glendale's building and safety department, was fired after nine months, he said. At the end of May, Brown, who is part Jamaican, filed a claim with the city alleging his supervisor, Guia Murray, had discriminated against him. Specifically, Brown said, Murray told him his clothes made him "look like a gangster" and made jokes suggesting he was a drug dealer.
August 21, 2010
An appeals court this week upheld a ruling against a woman who claimed discrimination and harassment while working as a secretary for the Burbank Fire Department. The 2nd District Court of Appeals found that Diane Wilson failed to adequately back up claims that she was subjected to discrimination and harassment after she returned from extended medical leave. “After a thorough and comprehensive review by the court of appeal, we are pleased with this final decision,” City Atty.
May 12, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT ? A former airport police officer has filed suit against the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority claiming racial discrimination and wrongful termination. Michael Gomez, was fired on Sept. 2, 2005, after a fight with another officer, according to his complaint filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on April 12. The suit, however, claims that Gomez did not start the fight, and he suffered humiliation being unfairly reprimanded in front of his fellow officers and discrimination at the hands of his superior officers due to his race.