A former employee of a union service corporation is suing the company alleging she was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement that barred her from talking to any outside media about the alleged scheme.
The union filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, alleging the company used an anonymous whistleblower to send out emails saying they were making money by paying union workers $200,000 a year to take out loans to pay union dues.
The whistleblower said in one email that she was told by the company to sign the confidentiality agreement because she didn’t want her employer to be able to investigate her claims, according to the lawsuit.
The company has declined to comment.
It’s not known whether any of the claims in the lawsuit have been proven in court.
The lawsuit says that in 2011, the whistleblower was told that a former company employee had made a false allegation that she had been paid $200 in the past.
The employee had been fired.
A spokesperson for the company declined to discuss the matter.
Union employees were paid the same as other employees, but the whistleblower claims that because she worked a two-hour shift and was paid $1,000 less per hour than other workers, she was paid less than $200 per week.
She also alleged that she received no pay during the year she was hired, and that she never got a pay check for the first six months of her employment.
The company never made a payment to her during the first three months of the year, she said.
The suit seeks damages for her medical bills, lost wages, punitive damages, emotional distress, and punitive damages for breach of fiduciary duty.
The union also is seeking damages for defamation.
The case is part of a larger lawsuit against the company filed by a former employee.
That case is also pending.