Judge Awards $1,742,690.94 To Dental Assistant Against Dentist For Sexual Harassment And Failure To Properly Pay Overtime
California Superior Court, San Bernardino County; DesJardins & Panitz
In October of 2010, Juddy Olivares began working as a dental assistant and back office manager for Sam Daniel Dason, DDS, and Colton Dental Group (CDG). Olivares was paid $ 11 per hour. Throughout her employment, Sam Dason, the owner of CDG, subjected her to offensive sexual comments and grabbed her breast and buttocks. Olivares said that in May of 2011, Dason invited her to Las Vegas under the pretense of attending a dental convention and then took Olivares and her coworker zip lining and to a topless show. Olivares said that after she requested a raise, Dason told her that the raise would depend upon her agreeing to go with him to Las Vegas and later insisted on them discussing her raise outside the office. When she indicated that she would not go to lunch with him, Olivares said that Dason become severely critical of her work and made her work day intolerable. On Jan. 17, 2013, Olivares left work early and did not return.
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Employees First Labor Law Cases: Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Violations of FMLA Leave, Unpaid Wages/Unpaid Overtime, Misclassification of Employee Status, Failure to Ensure Meal and Rest Breaks, Retaliation, Whistleblowing, Age Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, and Workers' Compensation.
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