Merle Norman Retaliation Plaintiff Owed Benefits, Court Says

Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 7:07 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Monday ruled that Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. must pay unemployment benefits to a former employee who claims she was fired in retaliation for reporting alleged sexual harassment, finding that the employee did not technically quit her job by making requests about work conditions that the company found unreasonable.

A three-judge panel for the Second Appellate District affirmed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant's ruling that Merle Norman must pay Stephanie Kelley's unemployment benefits, agreeing with the lower court that...
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