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Ex California Female Guards Subjected to Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Edna Miller and Frances Mackey (plaintiffs), former California Department
of Corrections (DOC) guards, were forced to work in a sexually hostile
environment at the Valley State Prison for Women due to sexual
relationships between the warden, Lewis Kuykendall, and several of their
co-workers. When the plaintiffs complained to superiors, they were
retaliated against. They finally sued in a California Superior court
claiming they had been sexually harassed and subjected to retaliation.
Although they presented ample supporting evidence, the trial court
dismissed the case and the appellate court affirmed. The plaintiffs
appealed to the California Supreme Court.

On appeal, the state Supreme Court found that the plaintiffs had stated
triable claims for both sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting the
same, pursuant to various sections of the State Fair Employment and Housing
Act at Gov. Code § 12900, et. seq. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded
to the appellate court, which reversed and remanded to the trial court.
See: Miller v. California DOC (Cal.App. 3 Dist., 2006) (2006 WL 147513).

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Miller v. California DOC