McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP filed another lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer who was wrongfully demoted after being falsely accused of taking part in a so-called “blue flu” officer sickout during the July 4, 2020 weekend. The presumed sickout came after a period in which officers dealt with protests in May over the death of George Floyd and the Los Angeles City Council’s slashing of $150 million from the police budget as well as the diversion of funds for other purposes in the wake of demands for changes in policing.

The lawsuit claims that the officer took time off to care for his sick daughter, which falls under the state Labor Code and the “Kin Care” statute amendment that then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2016. The Department violated multiple sections of the Labor Code with this form of retaliation, which is a strict liability under the Kin Care Act.

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