Grand Rounds sued for disability and gender discrimination

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 27, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A former employee is suing Grand Rounds Inc., Eric Burgess and Does 1-20, citing alleged disability discrimination, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination and violation of the California Fair Pay Act.

Vanessa "Vee" McClure filed a complaint on Oct. 4, in the San Francisco County Superior Court against the defendants alleging that they breached a duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on February 9, she was forced to resign from her employment with the defendants as senior recruiter, because of alleged discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment with her direct supervisor, Eric Burgess. 

Burgess allegedly stopped the inappropriate behavior prior to plaintiff's resignation and after plaintiff informed Human Resources that his aggressive behavior affected her heart condition. She further claims she lost  her management responsibilities, after which Burgess continued his aggressive behavior. 

She holds Grand Rounds, Eric Burgess and Does 1-20 responsible because the defendants allegedly caused plaintiff to work in a state of constant fear and stress, caused plaintiff to resign from her employment, subjected plaintiff to adverse employment actions including scrutiny, stereotyping and harassing comments, and unlawfully compensated plaintiff for less money than her male counterparts.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for compensatory damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, restitution, civil penalties, interest, disgorgement, costs of suit, and further relief as the court deems just. 

She is represented by Cary Kletter and Rachel Hallam of Kletter Law in San Mateo.

San Francisco County Superior Court Case number CGC-18-570300

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