Two More Companies Face California Labor Lawsuits
Home Depot and The Hollywood Reporter are facing California labor lawsuits.
A California man, Hardy Housh, alleges that Home Depot discriminated against and harassed gay employees. Housh, who worked at Home Depot for 25 years, was fired due to what he alleges was Home Depot’s targeting of certain employees whose pay and medical benefits were costly. At the time, the retail chain was allegedly experiencing financial difficulties.
In his California labor lawsuit, Housh contends that he and others were targeted because of their sexual orientation. Housh contends Home Depot was concerned that medical costs associated with HIV and AIDS would further tax the company’s already shaky financial status. Housh alleges that he was harassed by other managers after Housh signed up his partner for health insurance through Home Depot. The lawsuit seeks $100,000 in compensation.
The Hollywood Reporter is also facing a California labor lawsuit, which was filed by freelancer David Simpson who claims the publishing company purposely classified freelancers as independent contractors in order to avoid paying for overtime work, rest and meal breaks and reimbursements for business expenses.
According to the California Labor Code, freelancers have the same obligations as regular employees, including being in the office during regular business hours, attending work meetings, and being supervised. Freelancers, like non-exempt employees, are also eligible for overtime pay. Although filed by Simpson, the lawsuit seeks class-action status, indicating that other freelancers may get involved.