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Elemen v. Stone Complaint 5-23-12

Elemen v. Stone Complaint 5-23-12

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COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES1SOLOMONE.GRESEN[SBN164783]STEVENV.RHEUBAN[SBN143787]2
LAWOFFICESOFRHEUBAN&GRESEN
15910VenturaBoulevard,Suite16103Encino,Califomia91436Telephone:(818)815-27274Facsimile:(818)815-2737seg@rglawyers.com;svr@rglawyers.com
(SPACEBELOWFORFlUNGSTAMPONLY)
6AttorneysforPlaintiffErlinda
T.
Elemen
7
89
SUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIAFORTHECOUNTYOFLOSANGELES
1011ERLINDA
T.
ELEMEN,anindividual)CaseNo.
)
12Plaintiff,)COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES
)
13vs.))1.Harassment14SHARONSTONE,anindividualandDOES1)[GovernmentCode
§
129400)];through25,inclusive,)15)2.FailuretoPreventHarassmentDefendants.)[GovernmentCode§§12940(k)];16)3.Retaliation[LaborCode
§
1102.5(c)];and71819
4.
WrongfulTermination20
DEMANDFORJURYTRlAL
21COMESNOWPLAll\JTIFFERLll\JDAT.ELEMEN,WHOALLEGESASFOLLOWS:22GENERALALLEGATIONS231.AtallrelevanttimeshereinmentionedPlaintiff,ERLINDA
T.
ELEMEN("Elemen"24or"Plaintiff'),anindividual,was,andremains,aresidentoftheCountyofLosAngeles,Stateof25Califomia,andtheactscomplainedofhereinbyhertookplaceintheCountyofLosAngeles,State26ofCalifomia.Atallrelevanttimeshereinmentioned,PlaintiffwasemployedasaNannyby27DefendantSHARONSTONEandDOES1-25,inclusive.PlaintiffELEMENisofFilipinodescent.282.Plaintiffisinformed,believes,andthereonallegesthatDefendantSHARON1
 
11COMPLAINTFORDAMAGESSTONE,(hereinafterreferredtoas"Stone"),anindividual,was,andremainsaresidentofthe.2CountyofLosAngeles,StateofCalifornia.33.Thetruenamesandcapacities,whetherindividual,corporate,associateorotherwise,4ofDefendantsnamedhereinasDOES]-25areunknowntoPlaintiff,whothereforesuessaidDOE5Defendantsbysaidfictitiousnames.Plaintiffisinformed,believes,andthereonallegesthateachof6saidDOEDefendantsarenegligentlyorotherwiseresponsibleinsomemannerfortheeventsand7happeningshereinreferredto,andnegligentlyorotherwisecausedinjuriesanddamages8proximatelytherebytoPlaintiff.PlaintiffwillprayforleavetoamendthisComplainttosubstitute9thespecificnamesofsaidDOES1-25andtospecifytheirnegligentactsastheybecomeknownby10her.
4.
Plaintiffisinformed,believesandthereonallegesthatatallrelevanttimes12mentionedherein,allDefendants,andeachofthem,weretheofficers,directors,brokers,agents,13contractors,advisors,servants,partners,
j
ointventurers,employees,andlorco-conspiratorsoftheir14Co-Defendantsandwereactingwithinthescopeoftheirauthorityassuchagents,contractors,
I
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I
advisors,servants,partners,jointventurers,andemployeeswiththepermissionandconsentoftheir16Co-Defendants.EachDefendant,asaforesaid,wasactingasaprincipal,andwasinvolvedinthe17selection,consultation,trainingandlorhiringofeachandeveryotherparticipantintherelevant18eventsherein.19ALLEGATIONSCOMMONTOALLCAUSESOFACTION205.OnoraboutOctober2006,PlaintiffbeganworkingforDefendantStone,DOES211-25,andeachofthemasanassistantnannywhosejobdutiesincludedbutwerenotlimitedto22caringforoneofDefendant's
children,
PlaintiffheldthispositionuntilSeptember2008whenshe23waspromotedtoheadnanny.Atthattime,herjobdutiesincluded,butwerenotlimitedto,the24caringforallthreeofDefendant'schildren,andtravelingwiththechildrenforextendedperiods.25Withthispromotion,PlaintiffalsowasassignedtoliveinDefendant'sresidence,whereshe26remaineduntilshewasterminatedonoraboutFebruary8,2011.Atalltimeshereinmentioned,27Plaintiffworkedinanprofessionalmanner,alwaysperformingherjobdutiesinacompetentand28caringway.2
 
COMPLAINTFORDAMAGES6.FromonoraboutAugust2010throughoutthedurationofheremployment,Plaintiff2wasrepeatedlysubjectedtonumerousderogatorycommentsandslursbyDefendantStonerelatedto3herFilipinoethnicityandheritage.Thesestatementsincluded,withoutlimitation,commentsabout4PlaintiffsFilipinoaccent(i.e.Plaintiffwasinstructedtorefrainfromspeakingtothechildren5becauseDefendantdidnotwantthemto"talklikeyou"),commentsaboutFilipinofood,and6commentswhichequatedbeingFilipinowithbeingstupid.Duringthatsameperiodoftime,7DefendantStonewasrepeatedlyverballydismissiveofPlaintiffsdeeplyheldreligiousbeliefs,8criticizedPlaintiffforfrequentlyattendingchurchand,ononeoccasion,forbadePlaintifffrom9readingthebibleinPlaintiffsroominDefendant'sresidence.107.OnoraboutJanuary18,2011,DefendantStoneadmittedtoPlaintiffthatshelearned11thatPlaintiffwaspaidovertimewhentravelingwiththechildren,andwasalsopaidovertimeon12otheroccasionssuchasholidaysthroughouthertenureastheheadnanny.Plaintiffisinformedand13believesthattheovertimewaspaidinaccordancewithCalifornialawbyDefendantStone's14accountingand/orpayrollemployeesoragents.DefendantStone,however,accusedPlaintiffof15"stealing"fromherbytakingtheabove-describedovertimepay,toldPlaintiffthatitwas"illegal"16forPlaintifftohavetakenthepay,andaskedforthemoneyback.178.PlaintiffcomplainedtoDefendantStonethatitwasunfairforDefendanttoreduce18herhoursandpay,andaskforhermoneyback,simplybecauseshereceivedovertimeincompliance19withstateandfederallaw.Inresponse,Plaintiffshoursandpaywereimmediatelyreducedby20Defendant,whoassignedtheassistantnannytheadditionaltime.DefendantStonethenbeganto21repeatedlyberatePlaintiffinfrontofherstaff,guestsandothers,foraperiodofapproximately322weeks,fornootherreasonthanPlaintiffhadreceivedovertimepayashereinabovealleged.Shortly23thereafter,onoraboutFebruary8,2011,PlaintiffwasterminatedbyDefendantStonewithnostated24reason
given.
259.OnoraboutFebruary16,2011,PlaintifffiledacomplaintwiththeCalifornia26DepartmentofFairEmploymentandHousing("DFEH"),No.E-2010-11-T-0451-00c,alleging,27amongotherthings,harassment,failuretopreventharassmentandretaliation.OnoraboutMay23,282011,PlaintiffreceivedaNoticeofCaseClosure/RighttoSueletterfromtheDFEH.Therefore,
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