Former Children's Community Charter School officer manager files wrongful termination suit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 8, 2019

OROVILLE – A woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated from her position with a school because she complained of harassment from a supervisor.

Melissa Dewell filed a complaint on Dec. 28 in the Butte Superior Court against Children's Community Charter School, Steven Hitchko and Does 1 through 100 over allegations of retaliation/termination in violation of California labor code.

According to the complaint, in 2012, Dewell was hired to serve as office manager for Children's Community Charter School. Plaintiff claims during her employment, she worked overtime without being paid overtime compensation for all of the additional hours she worked, was not compensated for missed her meal period/lunch breaks, and was subjected to inappropriate comments of a sexual nature from defendant Hitcko, her supervisor. 

The suit states when she informed defendant Hitchko of the illegality of his alleged behaviors, she was subjected to retaliation. The suit states her position was terminated March 9, 2018, and she was moved to another position that she was not trained to do. She alleges she was constructively terminated.

The plaintiff holds Children's Community Charter School, Hitchko and Does 1 through 100 responsible because the defendants allegedly wrongfully terminated her.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for all damages, civil penalties, costs of suit, pre- and post-judgment interest, reinstatement to her position as office manager and any other relief that is just and proper. She is represented by Paul Nicholas Boylan of Paul Nicholas Boylan in Davis.

Butter Superior Court case number 18CV04182

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