Their complaint, filed recently in San Francisco Superior Court, says that inside the glistening walls of the federal courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, all kinds of safety violations involving weapons, drugs, sex and even illegal sales of pirated DVDs have gone down.
More specifically, the three plaintiffs allege:
The plaintiffs, Lydia Miller, Wesley Hester, and Miguel de Luna, all
say that after attempting to report the security breaches
they witnessed, they were punished with retaliation in the form of
being called "snitches."
Miller claims that after she reported security violations, other guards began to harass her with sexual comments and snide remarks, including, "we have a rat, and it's not the animal kind."
De Luna says that after he reported violations, another security officer retaliated by removing a gun from his holster, waving it at de Luna, and saying, "Someone needs to wrap a bar of soap in a towel and have a party with you."
Miller, Hester, and de Luna are suing Akal and their supervisor, Joseph Readman, for negligence, invasion of privacy, failure to prevent harassment and discrimination, hostile environment, and unlawful retaliation.
According to the complaint, Akal is the largest judicial security contractor in the United States, and it also holds multi-million and even billion-dollar contracts with U.S. Army bases, federal buildings, courthouse, and airports. In 2004, The New York Times profiled the unconventional company, which was founded by a charismatic and politically savvy Sikh spiritual leader, Yogi Bhajan, in 1980 -- and still occupies a five-acre plot, complete with a gold-domed temple, in Espanola, New Mexico.
Regarding the lawsuit, Akal co-founder and president Daya Khalsa only had one comment for SF Weekly: "The complaint is completely baseless," he said.
H/T | CourthouseNews.com