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City of Lodi wins employment case; no money owed

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

The California Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the city does not owe one of its employees for any back pay or benefits while she was not working for the city from May 2004 to January 2007 due to an injury.

Vicky Whetstone was hired as a meter reader in August 1989. The lawsuit said she was injured at work in February 2004, and the city required her to be examined by a doctor, who cleared her to go back to work.

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  • Jackson Scott posted at 1:47 pm on Fri, Mar 30, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Kim, don't get this confused, the City won only because she did not file in a timely manner. Had she filed originally in 2007, and not in 2009, the claim would have been at least heard by the court.

    How one can expect to be paid for back wages when one is on a disability retirement is outrageous. Of course, as bassackwards as the courts are these days she might have had a chance to win the claim.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:59 am on Fri, Mar 30, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    That is good- the pendulum has swung too far to the other side in labor cases and it needs to come back to the middle. It has gone from employer exploitation of employees, to the employer being the victim and unable to run their businesses and the city is just another business. Nice to see some rational thinking,.



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