Former Kaiser Employee Ties Firing to Taking Leave for Wife’s Cancer Surgery


A former Kaiser Permanente employee is suing the health care provider, alleging he was wrongfully fired in February for taking time off to be with his wife as she underwent cancer surgery and to assist her during her recovery.

Gil Benjamin Walton’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, discrimination, failure to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. Walton seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit brought Sept. 9.

A Kaiser representative released a statement Thursday saying, “As we have not had an opportunity to review the facts of this lawsuit, and due to pending litigation and this case being a personnel matter, we are unable to comment at this time.”



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