From North County Times www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/03/09/news/sandiego/20_24_273_8_06.txt
Woman sues for alleged firing over talk show bumper sticker
By: TERI FIGUEROA - Staff Writer
VISTA ---- A San Diego County woman is suing her former employer, accusing her
manager of firing her on the spot when she saw the woman's car had a bumper sticker advertising a progressive talk radio station.The suit also alleges that, after seeing the
sticker, the employer commented that the woman could be a member of al-Qaida.
In a civil suit filed at the county courthouse in Vista, Linda Laroca is targeting both
her former manager, Beverly Fath, and the company she briefly worked for last year, Advantage Sales and Marketing, Inc.
Neither Laroca nor the defendants could be reached for comment Wednesday.
Laroca's attorney declined comment.Laroca, who was hired by the company as a sales representative, is seeking lost wages and damages for wrongful termination for
violations of both public policy and the state labor code. She is also claiming state
constitutional violations and emotional distress.The California labor code prohibits
employers from controlling or directing the political activities of employees.
According to Laroca's suit, the bumper sticker in question read only: "1360 Air
America Progressive Talk Radio."The nationwide syndicated radio programming
from left-wing Air America, which describes itself as "progressive entertainment
talk radio" features show hosts such as comedian and author Al Franken. The network programming is carried locally by radio station KLSD 1360 AM.
A call to Clear Channel-owned KLSD on Wednesday afternoon was not immediately
returned.In her Feb. 21 claim, Laroca asserts that on Oct. 8, three weeks after she
started working for the marketing company, Fath called her on a Saturday and
requested they meet at a nearby grocery store parking lot so Laroca could pass on
some documents Fath needed.
During the brief encounter, Laroca charges, the manager pointed to the bumper
sticker ---- the only one on Laroca's car ---- and remarked that it was a new sticker
and called it "that Al Franken left-wing radical radio station."
Laroca alleges in her suit that Fath then told her, "The country is on a high state of alert.
For all I know, you could be al-Qaida."A stunned Laroca laughed nervously at the
statement, the suit alleges, and then was dealt "the final blow" when Fath fired her on
Contact staff writer Teri Figueroa at (760) 631-6624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.