Facility Allegedly Fired Counselor for Reporting Repeated Physical Assaults; Case Settled

A former child care counselor at Mid Valley Youth Center alleged she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for making complaints about workplace discrimination and harassment, as well as for reporting repeated physical assaults by facility residents. She claimed the residents assaulted her on several occasions, during which they threw objects at her, spit on her face, and even physically attacked her. She alleged she reported the assaults to her supervisors, but they did not take any precautionary actions and repeatedly told her not to report the incidents to police or file charges. Following one such incident, according to her allegations the facility allowed a resident who attacked her back into the floor on which she worked, even though she had pressed police charges against him. About a year after the case was filed, the parties reached a settlement, resulting in the dismissal of the case.