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Harassment, wrongful termination cited in suit against actress

Being fired from a job can be devastating, especially in an economy where it can be very difficult to find a new position quickly. A person who is fired often experiences emotional and financial hardships as a result, which is why it is important that a termination is lawful and fair. Otherwise, a wrongful termination can result in a lawsuit against a former employer.

Recently, a woman filed a lawsuit citing wrongful termination, harassment and abuse against her former employer, actress Sharon Stone. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles and it was just determined that there is enough evidence to support the woman’s allegations and the case can now proceed to a trial.

According to the lawsuit that was filed by the woman, she had previously worked for well-known actress Sharon Stone for more than four years and was ultimately promoted to the head live-in nanny before being unfairly fired. The woman says that Stone fired her after she had collected overtime payment for traveling with the kids and working on holidays. Stone allegedly accused her of stealing, demanded the money back and then fired her.

Not only was the legality of her termination called into question, but the woman also claims that she was frequently harassed and verbally abused while she was employed by Stone. The court documents state that the woman was not allowed to speak in front of Stone’s children because the actress did not want her children speaking like the nanny, who is Filipino. Stone is also accused of making derogatory comments and using racial slurs against the woman.

Despite Stone’s attempt to have the case dismissed, a judge agreed that there is enough evidence to support the nanny’s claims of harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination and a trial was set for July.

Source: Rappler, “Filipina set for US trial against Sharon Stone,” Agence France-Presse, March 16, 2013