February 27, 2014
Although Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has since vetoed it, lawmakers in that state recently approved a measure to allow business owners to refuse service to gays and other groups if it is perceived to violate the practice and observance of the business owner's religion. Q: Is it discriminatory against religious business owners to demand that they treat everyone equally? If business owners do discriminate based on their religious beliefs, should that discrimination be illegal? The practice of treating every person with fairness and equity without offending their basic human dignity should be extended to business owners as well as to their patrons.
May 29, 2009
CITY CENTER — One lieutenant and four Burbank police officers filed a lawsuit against the department Thursday, alleging that they were subjected to routine racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and then faced retaliation from the command staff when they complained. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Lt. Omar Rodriguez and police officers Cindy Guillen-Gomez, Steve Karagiosian, Elfego Rodriguez and Jamal Childs. According to the complaint, the officers “were subjected to discrimination and discriminatory policies, practices and procedures based upon race, ancestry, national origin, sex/gender, marital status, and pregnancy, among other things.
November 29, 2003
Jackson Bell A jury will consider the merits of a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by a Burbank city employee after attorneys on both sides delivered closing arguments this week. Deborah McMurray, 57, a revenue clerk in the city's Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, sued the city in March 2001, alleging age and gender discrimination. According to her attorney, Brad Gage, McMurray was subjected to a hostile work environment when she complained about the treatment.
June 30, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A mediator has failed to reach a resolution in a year-old lawsuit against the city brought by two city employees who claim they were victims of racial, gender and age discrimination and a hostile work environment. Mediator Natt Portugal was assigned in January to hash out an agreement between the city's attorneys and city employees Deborah McMurray and Margorie George. But in May, Portugal, who could not be reached for comment, filed a statement of nonagreement in Los Angeles Superior Court.
March 31, 2001
Tim Willert CIVIC CENTER -- A city employee alleging sexual harassment has resigned from her job, while two other city workers have jointly filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Burbank, according to documents and authorities. Tina Staffon, a senior video production associate in her mid-30s who has worked with the city since November 1987, resigned from her post Thursday, said her private attorney, Bradley Gage. "Because of the hostile work environment and the stress, it got to be too much for Tina," Gage said.
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?
March 27, 2012
The Armenian American police detective who is suing the city over allegations he was harassed and discriminated against because of his ethnicity took the stand during his suit's trial this week, sharing with the jury years of alleged ethnic slurs directed at him and Armenians in general. Det. Steve Karagiosian testified that other officers, including detectives and sergeants, made disparaging remarks about Armenians from the moment he joined the department in 2004 to begin his training.
March 18, 2010
A black Burbank Police officer does not have a discrimination claim against the department, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, dismissing Jamal Childs as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the city last May. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell does not affect the other four plaintiffs in the suit, who allege numerous occurrences of racial and gender-based bias, harassment and retaliation. O’Donnell ruled that the racial epithets or other discrimination directed at Childs fell outside of the statue of limitations, and that more recent comments were not directed at him personally, amounting to hearsay.
December 6, 2003
Jackson Bell A jury awarded a longtime city employee more than $1.5 million late Thursday, finding that she was subjected to disability discrimination, attorneys said. Deborah McMurray was awarded $1,501,567 in damages and an additional $33,000 for the city's failure to meet reasonable accommodations for her disability, said Stephen Love, one of her attorneys. "This is a situation where Mrs. McMurray was a valuable employee who had consistently received outstanding reviews and thinks she was discriminated against on the basis of her disability," Love said.