Paso Robles teacher demoted after reporting sexual harassment, lawsuit alleges

A Paso Robles teacher who reported reported that a male colleague inappropriately touched two female students and used a racial slur in class has sued the district. After reporting the allegations, the teacher faced harassment and was ultimately demoted, according to a lawsuit. Read More …

California pays out $25 million in sexual harassment cases over three years

The state of California has paid more than $25 million to settle sexual harassment cases over the last three fiscal years. [Sacramento Bee] Over the three-year period, California settled 92 sexual Read More …

Ex-Santa Maria pastor accused of using his position to satisfy his sexual fetishes

A former Santa Maria pastor who stepped down from his position last year allegedly sexually harassed, battered and assaulted a female church goer, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara County court. The lawsuit also names the ex-pastor’s wife, who, too, was a pastor at the church, alleging she aided her husband’s sexual exploitation of women. Read More …

Student sues real estate firms in potential class-action over SLO apartments

A Cal Poly student has filed suit against the owner and property manager of a San Luis Obispo apartment complex, alleging they illegally rented unsafe and unpermitted apartments to local college Read More …

I am pissed off, James Duenow says

In what I believe was a travesty of justice, reporters Karen Velie and Daniel Blackburn lost a libel lawsuit for $1.1 million in a trial during which most of their evidence and witnesses were barred from the jury. Also, the plaintiff appears to have repeatedly perjured himself before and during the trial, according to information discovered by private investigator Carl Knudson. Read More …

Did misrepresentations lead to SLO County inmates deaths?

More than a month before two men died and a third man seriously injured himself while in county custody, a San Luis Obispo County official said the county had corrected inadequacies regarding the treatment of mentally ill inmates. Following a $5 million dollar settlement to the family of one of the deceased men, the county is again claiming it has changed its procedures Read More …