投诉员工性骚扰的医生/医疗团队合作伙伴可免受报复

对于雇员而言,保护雇员免受性骚扰或其他歧视性行为的投诉或吹口哨,是免受报复的一项重要权利。这项权利在12940(h)的《公平就业和住房法》中找到。

Fitzsimons博士发现当她报告加利福尼亚紧急医疗医生医疗组(CEP)员工的性骚扰并被降职时,这项权利有多重要。她起诉,要求报复。

CEP声称Fitzsimons博士是“partner” (one of 700 emergency physicians working for CEP 和 labeled as a 伙伴) rather than an employee, entitled to the protection of FEHA. At trial, the jury found that Dr. Fitzsimons was a 伙伴, 和 therefore, the trial court ruled against her.

Dr. Fitzsimons appealed claiming that, even if she was a 伙伴, she still shouldn’因举报性骚扰而受到报复。

上诉法院对此表示同意,认为自法定语言说“any person”这样,只要合作伙伴因涉及员工的抗议条件(此处是员工的性骚扰)而遭到报复,它就会保护合作伙伴免受报复。 Fitzsimons诉加州急诊医师医疗小组 ___CA 4th ___(2012年5月16日)。

由于许多实体都称呼那些真正看起来像是雇员的人“partners,” this important case opens the door to an alternative theory of retaliatory termination. 报复 plaintiffs, who may be considered 伙伴, where the facts warrant it, should allege that they are employees 和, in the alternative, are persons who complained about the rights of employees under the Fair Employment 和 Housing Act.

乔迪·勒威特
2012年6月6日