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Former KHTK, Sacramento Host Grant Napear’s Suit Against Bonneville Can Proceed

Former KHTK-AM, Sacramento sports talk personality Grant Napear lost a couple of requests in his legal fight against former employer Bonneville International, but U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd did rule in Napear’s favor in allowing his wrongful termination suit to go forward on the grounds of retaliation. Drozd ruled against Napear in his religious discrimination and breach of contract. As you may recall, in May of 2020 Napearim responded to former Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins’ social media post asking him what he thought of Black Lives Matter and Napear responded, “ALL LIVES MATTER… EVERY SINGLE ONE.” Bonneville fired him citing a clause in his contract that holds him responsible for anything that “might discredit the goodwill, good name or reputation” of the company. In allowing the wrongful termination suit to go forward, Judge Drozd wrote that Napear “has stated a plausible cause for retaliation” under California Labor Code sections 1101 and 1102, stating further that “the court finds that plaintiff has sufficiently alleged a ‘rule, regulation, or policy’ under (section) 1101 by alleging … defendant used his termination ‘as an example to all other employees of the Company as an implicit warning that anyone that dared to speak out publicly and criticize the politics of the Black Lives Matter movement would be summarily terminated.’” Read the full Sacramento Bee story here.