Thursday, May 29, 2008

California School Employees Ass'n v. Bonita Unified School Dist. (Cal. Ct. App. - May 28, 2008)

The Bonita School district wanted to fire Donald Roberts for nine "causes" and twenty-four "reasons" under the Education Code. As Justice Mallano explains in affirming Roberts' termination:

The “causes” included incompetence, dishonesty, insubordination, immoral conduct, evident unfitness for service, absent without authority, and violation of school laws. Among the “reasons” were: (1) communicating regularly with staff members in rude, abusive, sexually explicit, and threatening language; (2) creating a sexually hostile work environment for two female employees; (3) refusing to do assigned duties; (4) failing to comply with supervisors’ directions; (5) permitting a subordinate to damage District equipment and to harass other maintenance department employees; (6) taking District property home for personal use; (7) destroying District property; (8) intimidating employees of the maintenance department on a regular basis; and (9) exposing the District to liability under state and federal antidiscrimination laws.

What?! None of that's allowed?!