Helmer Friedman LLP Announces Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Theatres…

Andrew H. Friedman - Counsel For Lucia Oleasroman

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Andrew H. Friedman - Counsel For Lucia Oleasroman

It is illegal for anyone, including wealthy families and corporations, to fire employees who refuse to go along with practices that the employees reasonably believe to be unlawful.

In her lawsuit, the personal housekeeper for the Beverly Hills home of the Corwin family – the owners of the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation – alleges that Bruce C. Corwin, Toni Corwin, and David L. Corwin fired her because she refused to allow them to illegally take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and defraud California’s taxpayers and the State’s unemployment insurance program by ordering her to collect unemployment insurance payments (so they did not have to pay her) while they forced her to continue working for the Corwin family.

The housekeeper, Lucia Oleasroman, also alleges that the Corwin family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation initially conspired to gain an unlawful tax advantage by fraudulently placing Ms. Oleasroman on the payroll of the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation beginning in or around January 2000, despite the fact that Ms. Oleasroman remained solely employed by the Corwin family as their personal family housekeeper and performed no services whatsoever for the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation.

The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and assigned case number 20STCV43895.

“I’m absolutely heart-broken,” responded Ms. Oleasroman when asked to describe how she felt. “For nearly 25 years, the Corwin family was my life. I loved all of them and I did anything and everything that was ever asked of me.”

Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that the Corwin family took advantage of Ms. Oleasroman’s loyalty, and placed her in a precarious situation by submitting a falsified application for unemployment to California’s Employment Development Department (“EDD”) on Ms. Oleasroman’s behalf, without Ms. Oleasroman’s consent or knowledge while, at the same time, demanding that Ms. Oleasroman continue performing housekeeping services for the Corwin Family. The lawsuit further alleges that Ms. Oleasroman refused to allow false documents to be submitted to the State under her name, that she immediately alerted the EDD of the errors and began the process of withdrawing the application, and that, because Ms. Oleasroman refused to aid the Corwin family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation in defrauding the government, they fired her.

Ms. Oleasroman’s’s attorney, Andrew H. Friedman, of Helmer Friedman LLP, asks that witnesses and/or persons with knowledge regarding Ms. Oleasroman’s allegations against the Corwin family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation contact his law firm, “If you have worked for the Corwin family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation or are acquainted with them and know anything about Ms. Oleasroman’s allegations against them, we’d like to speak with you.”

Commenting about the lawsuit, Andrew H. Friedman, a founding member of Helmer Friedman LLP, stated, “It is illegal for anyone, including wealthy families and corporations, to fire employees who refuse to go along with practices that the employees reasonably believe to be unlawful.”

In addition to employment law, Helmer Friedman LLP also provides legal representation and advice in a wide range of other areas, including consumer rights, sports, and entertainment.

Andrew H. Friedman (afriedman@helmerfriedman.com) and Sam Spiegelman (sspiegelman@helmerfriedman.com) can be reached at 310-396-7714.

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