Saturday, March 10, 2007

How did this happen, and who is accountable for DLSE Assistant Chief Greg Rupp's actions?

Labor Code Section 132(a): It is the declared policy of this state that there should not be discrimination against workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment. (1) Any employer who discharges, or threatens to discharge, or in any manner discriminates against any employee because he or she has filed or made known his or her intention to file a claim for compensation with his or her employer or an application for adjudication, or because the employee has received a rating, award,or settlement, is guilty of a misdemeanor and the employee's compensation shall be increased by one-half, but in no event more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), together with costs and expenses not in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250). Any such employee shall also be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer....The appeals board may refer and any worker may complain of suspected violations of the criminal misdemeanor provisions of this section to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, or directly to the office of the public prosecutor.
Why did the DLSE squander taxpayer dollars by fighting Rowene's workers compensation insurance claim?
Why did Greg Rupp immediately transfer Rowene from Santa Ana to Los Angeles and banish her to answering phones all day?
Why is he violating the very same laws that he is charged with enforcing?
Why is this sworn, California, gun-toting peace officer-whose very actions are held to a higher standard than those who do not carry guns-not under investigation himself?
Why is it that Labor Standards has no Labor Standards?
Assistant Chief Greg Rupp, by virute of him being a sworn California peace officer, must be held to the highest of standards and conduct.


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