A civil suit filed in April alleges ‘boys-only’ grow room culture; company says employees were fired for cause
In a lawsuit filed late last month in Los Angeles County Superior Court, two former employees of Jungle Boys TLC claim they were fired for objecting to a workplace culture they say included gender discrimination, unpaid wages, and illegal work conditions. The company, in response, claims the employees were fired with due cause: Drinking on the job.
“The action will be defended in court on its merits,” a Jungle Boys spokesperson said in response to the suit. The civil action alleges 17 total complaints and asks for “unlimited damages,” according to California court documents.
LAPD raids Jungle Boys dispensary, seizing $174,000 in cash and tips
Jungle Boys TLC collective is made up of legacy operators who were grandfathered in to California’s early legal cannabis industry. In March, Leafly reported on the unlawful raid LAPD and federal officers sprung on a Jungle Boys dispensary in Los Angeles. Officers left the raid with over $174,000 in cash and budtender tips.
Leafly has not investigated the claims made in the lawsuit, nor the company’s counter-allegations.
Poor working conditions alleged
Plaintiffs Donna Rivadeneyra and Mario De La Cruz allege in the lawsuit that the Jungle Boys, legally known as Toluca Lake Collective (TLC), used “stacked entities” and shady management practices to utilize illegal labor.
The ex-employees claim they were fired as retaliation for speaking out against poor working conditions, including unpaid wages and failure to provide accurate wage statements.
Rivadeneyra also says she faced repeated discrimination because of her gender, adding that when she asked to be moved from a trimming to cultivation job, she was told “they were called ‘Jungle Boys’ for a reason: that no women were allowed to work in the growing operations.” Later, Rivadeneyra alleges, she was “warned not to get pregnant,” because pregnant women were not allowed to work for Jungle Boys and would immediately be terminated.
The suit also contains an allegation of false imprisonment: Rivadeneyra accuses the company’s human resources team of trapping her in an office while trying to force her to sign a release of her claims.
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Published: May 12, 2022
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