Ten long-time employees have filed a lawsuit against the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) in response to what the employees allege is a statewide campaign by CSAA to get rid of older, longtime sales agents from branch offices and move their jobs to out of state call centers. The November 1, 2010 complaint defines 11 separate counts which justify the employees’ right to sue.
The former employees have 209 combined years of service at CSAA, and report unfair, discriminatory treatment of older, loyal employees of CSAA in branch offices from Fresno and Clovis to Antioch, Concord and Oakland.
Lead attorney for the Plaintiffs, Gary Gwilliam stated that, “We believe CSAA is engaging in a pattern and practice of intentionally getting rid of longtime loyal sales representatives. This kind of conduct should not be tolerated, it’s shameful and it’s illegal.”
11 Causes of Action Justifying Suit Against CSAA
- Age Discrimination in Violation of FEHA
- Failure to Prevent Discrimination/Harassment
- Disability Discrimination in Violation of FEHA
- Retaliation in Violation of FEHA
- Violation of the California Medical Leave Act
- Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
- Breach of Express/Implied Contract
- Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
- Violations of Labor Code §510
The demand for a jury trial has been filed with the Superior Court of California in Contra Costa County.