Deputy Sheriff Can Be Fired For Conduct While On Unpaid Leave

Thomas Negron was a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for eight years when he became embroiled in a contentious divorce. As a result of the divorce proceedings, Negron began experiencing stress, anxiety attacks, and other physical symptoms that caused him to miss work. Negron’s continuing anxiety issues eventually caused him to take a paid medical leave of absence, during which he was required to report to…

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Placement On Unpaid Leave Is Disciplinary Action For Purposes Of Bill Of Rights

Under California’s Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, employers must follow a number of procedures when imposing disciplinary action. Those rights include granting an officer the right to a hearing to challenge the employer’s action. The California Court of Appeals recently addressed whether the Bill of Rights applied when an employer places an officer on unpaid leave. The case involved Beatrice Sanchez, who worked for Riverside County…

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