Injured Employee Sues Actor William Shatner for Harassment and Retaliation
October 2, 2012
William Shatner, the well-known film and television star, was recently sued by an injured employee, according to recent Hollywood employment lawsuit news, after the worker claimed that Shatner harassed him when he refused to sign a waiver releasing Shatner's responsibility for the on-the-job injury.
According to the Hollywood harassment and retaliation lawsuit that Vincent Howard has been watching, Oscar Alfaro claims that he was injured while working on Shatner's home in Studio City, California. Alfaro and his wife Delmy reportedly worked for Shatner for 20 years, as a handyman, and housekeeper.
Alfaro claims that after he refused to sign the document releasing Shatner's financial responsibility for the worker's injury, the actor harassed and retaliated against the worker--to the point that he and his wife were both forced to quit their long term jobs. The Los Angeles employment lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and claims that the workers suffered humiliation, mental anguish, embarrassment and the loss of earnings.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) states that when an employee is injured, becomes ill, or is disabled on a job, the worker could be entitled to medical and/or disability-related leave of absence under two federal laws--the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). State Workers' Compensation laws also have employee leave provisions that could apply to the worker. Depending on each individual situation, one or more of the federal laws could apply to each employee.
According to the DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Workers' Compensation is a form of employment insurance that provides workers with financial support and medical care, along with other employee benefits for workers who are injured or disabled in the workplace. Worker's Compensation laws apply to almost all employers, and each state has an agency that administers its Workers' Compensation laws.
Hicks: William Shatner sued by former employees, Bay Area News Group, September 5, 2012
William Shatner Sued for Allegedly Harassing the Help, TMZ, September 4, 2012
Related Web Resources:
Employment Laws: Medical and Disability-Related Leave, U.S. Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act, (FMLA), U.S. Department of Labor
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