Friday, August 31, 2012

When All Else Fails, SUE!

I believe I've covered the gist of this story before, but can't find it off the bat. This is more in-depth, anyways...

Fired official from Bell, California, sues for $837G in sick, vacation pay
A former employee of Bell, Calif., which made headlines for paying enormous salaries to a slew of officials who now face criminal charges, is suing the city for $837,000 in unused vacation and sick time.

Eric Eggena, who was director of general services in the small Los Angeles suburb, was paid as much as $421,000 a year in total compensation after starting at just $90,000 in 2002, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although he was not among the eight city officials who were arrested in a criminal probe, he was fired when the scandal broke.

I'll wager he gets it, too, or at least a significant chunk of it. Something tells me, this being California, that he's part of a union - the Thieves Guild or somesuch - and they'd rather someone that brazenly swindled a town out of hundreds of thousands of dollars get his sick time rather than set the precedent that mere grand larceny can strip one's sick pay...

Now, what will be interesting to see is what *rate* they'll pay out the sick pay. He's earned it, or at least he claims to have earned it - if they determine that the time is legit, they have to figure out what to pay him for it. It seems to me they should be paying at his *real* salary, not the bogus, inflated salary that got him fired.

This being CA, I think we all know how this will play out...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

4 comments:

Dave H said...

California. Isn't that where the movie studios are that claim they're losing hundreds of billions of dollars to piracy?

Dollars. They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.

Bubblehead Les. said...

"So I ripped off the City for a few Mill. I still have the Right to my Pension! This is Kalifornia, Dammit!"

Next thing you know, they'll be giving Driver's Licenses' to Illegal Immigrants, which will allow them to Vote...oh Wait! That story should be in your Inbox!

Enjoy the Holiday!

Anonymous said...

The MAN is always trying to take away the pension and wages of the poor working stiff.

Gerry

Old NFO said...

Les IS right!