Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ex-employee of Pacifica trash hauler sues for wrongful termination

By Julia Scott
San Mateo County Times
Updated: 07/06/2010 11:23:28 PM PDT

 The lawsuit names San Francisco-based Recology as a defendant. Recology bought the troubled trash hauler in January because it took on financial responsibilities for Pacifica-based Coastside Scavenger. Castellanos wants compensation for unpaid retirement pension contributions. The lawsuit also names Coastside Scavenger general manager Chris Porter, owner Louie Picardo and Coastside's sister company, Seacoast Disposal.

In the lawsuit, Castellanos says the company started to criticize his job performance and suggested he resign in the wake of his sons' decision to file a grievance over alleged wage and hour violations and unsafe working conditions. He was also demoted from operations manager to lead mechanic. After he was fired, Castellanos says Porter, who is now general manager of Recology of the Coast, called him a "crook" and a "thief" and went out of her way to malign his reputation to prospective employers. 

"It was wrong what they did to me. They shouldn't have terminated me just because my sons had a lawsuit against them ... They did a lot of bad things to me. They bounced checks on me, they harassed me — I had to file a lawsuit as a matter of principle," Castellanos said this week, on his way to a job interview.


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