Ex-Head Chef Says Calif. Hotel Wrongly Fired Him Over Injury

By Joyce Hanson (March 3, 2021, 9:21 PM EST) -- The former executive chef of a posh California hotel and marina has lodged a state court lawsuit accusing the hospitality business of wrongfully terminating him after he suffered a work-related injury that required him to take legally protected medical leave.

Eric Sauber sued Westgroup Portofino LLC and The Portofino Hotel & Marina of Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, saying that the company told him it had to lay him off because business was slow due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but then soon hired another person without medical disabilities to replace Sauber in the executive chef position.

"Shortly after plaintiff provided...

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