Dog Whisperer Sued for Discrimination
A former employee of the Dog Whisperer has sued Cesar Millan —
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, Sean Hawkins, the former executive director of the Cesar and Ilusion Milan Foundation, alleged that he was unlawfully fired after seeking treatment for his alcoholism. [source]
Alcoholism, by the way, is a disability recognized by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act “FEHA.” Looks like Milan could be in some trouble.
Hawkins claims that he suffered retaliation after completing a 30-day alcohol treatment program — the Dog Whisperer gave Hawkins’ job to someone else while he was in rehab and refused to reinstate him after his completion of rehab, and two weeks after his return to work the Dog Whisperer fired him.
What’s up with that? Millan’s entire philosophy is to rehabilitate dogs to avoid putting them in the pound. Apparently, he doesn’t apply this philosophy to humans.
Cesar does not “train” dogs in the sense of teaching them commands like “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel” – he rehabilitates unbalanced dogs and helps “re-train” their owners to better understand how to see the world through a dog’s eyes.
Cesar counsels people to calmly, assertively, and consistently give their dogs rules, boundaries, and limitations to establish themselves as solid pack leaders and to help correct and control unwanted behavior. He doesn’t believe in “quick fixes.” Though changing some behaviors can appear to happen in a relatively short period of time, none of those changes will “stick” unless the human acts consistently with his or her dog every day to keep unwanted behaviors from returning. In Cesar’s opinion, no one should ever hit or yell at a dog to correct unwanted behavior.
If the allegations in the complaint are true, then perhaps Millan needs to see a Human Whisperer (aka psychiatrist, psychologist, LCSW or whoever) to work through his issues. It is fine to fire an employee for drinking on the job, cursing out customers and using the emergency inflatable slide to exit a plane on a runway. But it is not fine to fire someone because they successfully completed rehab for alcoholism.
A copy of the Complaint is at this link.
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