Sharon Stone Sued Again--Former Housekeeper Claims Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

March 14, 2013

Hollywood star Sharon Stone has ended up in Los Angeles, California employment news again, after her former housekeeper Angelica Castillo filed a lawsuit against the actress, alleging that Stone forced her to perform physically strenuous tasks and then wrongfully terminated her employment out of retaliation when Castillo asked for a bed rest period after sustaining an injury on the job.

As Vincent Howard reported in a related Santa Ana employment lawyers blog, this is the second time Stone has been sued by an employee in less than a year. In May of 2012, Stone was sued by her former nanny of four years, Erlinda Elemen, for violations of California and federal labor laws, racial harassment and wrongful termination. Elemen claimed that Stone harassed her with ethnic slurs related to her Filipino heritage, and violated labor laws by initially paying her overtime compensation and then demanding the payment back--by accusing her of stealing.

According to Castillo's lawsuit, filed this week, the former housekeeper injured her back in June of 2012, while grocery shopping for Stone. Castillo claims to have injured her back while loading groceries, and sustained severe back pain. In September of 2012, Castillo reportedly sought medical attention for the injury, and her doctor recommended that the housekeeper have a brief bed rest period, abstaining from lifting heavy things. Stone allegedly ordered her to report back to her job that same day, and demanded that Castillo perform her regular job duties--which included moving and lifting heavy things while cleaning Stone's home.

Castillo claims in her suit that other employees who could have helped her perform the necessary job duties were not allowed to help. In October, during a cleaning session when Castillo was reportedly moving in severe pain, Stone allegedly yelled, calling her derogatory names for moving slowly and not performing her work duties fast enough. Castillo claims that she was fired that same day, after two years of employment. Stone is being accused of engaging in wrongful termination and retaliation, after Castillo sought medical leave for her back injury.

As Vincent Howard discussed in a previous Costa Mesa labor and employment lawyers blog, under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), an employer cannot discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The employer is required to make a reasonable accommodation to the qualified disabled employee unless it poses an undue hardship on the employer's business operations. Under the ADA, it is also against the law to retaliate against an employee for opposing discriminatory employment practices based on disability, or for filing, participating or testifying in a discrimination charge, proceeding, investigation or litigation.

In Costa Mesa, California, Howard Law, PC, is a California labor and employment firm specializing in harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour law violations. Contact managing partner Vincent Howard today to discuss your labor and employment rights over a free consultation.

Sharon Stone Lawsuit: Former Housekeeper Alleges Actress Forced Her to Work With Bad Back, E Online, March 11, 2013

Lawsuit alleges Sharon Stone forced maid to work with bad back, Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2013

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC)

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Fair Employment and Housing Act

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