Escalon Pi­lot Joins In Law­suit Against Gund

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An Escalon man is part of a law­suit filed against bil­lion­aire heiress Louise Gund of Berke­ley, who is ac­cused of fail­ing to pro­vide breaks for em­ploy­ees and not pay­ing over­time.

The law­suits were filed on Tues­day and in­clude pi­lot K. Wade Adams, a res­i­dent of Escalon.

Gund is a Tony Award-nom­i­nated pro­ducer of Broad­way plays and other live the­atri­cal pre­sen­ta­tions, and a noted en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist. She is be­ing ac­cused of run­ning her em­ploy­ees into the ground through long work­days with­out any breaks or over­time pay.

Ac­cord­ing to at­tor­neys with the Cal­i­for­nia-wide BOHM Law Group, Inc., Gund’s mantra when it came to pay­ing her em­ploy­ees was to “get her money’s worth” from them at all times. The law­suit al­leges that she used the pro­fes­sion­ally trained flight at­ten­dants she hired as both flight at­ten­dant and personal as­sis­tant, with ex­tra du­ties lead­ing to work­days that were fre­quently in ex­cess of 12 hours.

She also is ac­cused of putting the flight crew in dan­ger on flights by en­ter­ing the cock­pit to file a va­ri­ety a complaints.

These al­le­ga­tions were made in Ver­i­fied Complaints, re­cently filed on be­half of Pi­lot K. Wade Adams and Flight At­ten­dant Wendy Walsh by their cur­rent at­tor­neys, Lawrance A. Bohm, Kelsey K. Ciarim­boli, and Daniel M. Traverso of BOHM Law Group, Inc.

The cases, Adams v. Gund, et al. and Walsh v. Gund, et al., are cur­rently pend­ing in the Su­pe­rior Court of Cal­i­for­nia at the René C. David­son Court­house in Oak­land, in Alameda County.

The Ver­i­fied Complaints, filed on May 15, 2018, al­lege mul­ti­ple causes of ac­tion, in­clud­ing whistle­blower re­tal­i­a­tion; wrong­ful ter­mi­na­tion; non­pay­ment of wages; and breach of con­tract.

No trial date has yet been set in the case.

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