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QUESTION: I am wondering when Scott Johnson, the attorney who sues small businesses for people with disabilities, will be going to court?
Submitted by: Marilyn, El Dorado Hills
ANSWER: Scott Johnson, a Carmichael attorney who is quadriplegic and sues small businesses for disability access violations, is the defendant in a civil suit brought by former employees who allege wrongful termination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, the case, filed last August, has been referred to the trial-setting process for selection of trial and mandatory settlement conference dates. The plaintiffs must notify the court of the selection of dates within 60 days of Dec. 19, 2013.
The plaintiffs -- Jenna Doeuk, Esra Jones, Monthica Kem and Micaela Lucas -- say they lost their jobs after protesting their working conditions. They worked for Johnson at his firm, Disabled Access Prevents Injury Inc.
The suit alleges that the employees were forced to go into businesses to see whether they were in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs said they felt like they were "committing fraud" by visiting businesses "under the ruse" of seeking the businesses' goods and services.
They also allege that Johnson made sexual comments, stared at their breasts and buttocks, asked them about their bathroom habits, displayed racy calendars, required them to help him change his dress shirts and made them do his son's homework.
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