Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Cesar Milan may be a canine's best friend, but he's most certainly not man's best friend, according to one former employee. Sean Hawkins, the former executive director of the Cesar and Ilusion Milan Foundation, maintains that he was treated like a dog after coming clean with his struggle with alcoholism. Hawkins filed suit in a Los Angeles Court saying that he was unlawfully fired after getting treatment for his substance abuse problems. Hawkins maintains he was "encouraged and directed" to enter a program for his alcoholism just one year after being hired. He obeyed Milan's orders and told he was a valuable employee who was told, "You will have your job and your salary when you return to work." Although things didn't change overnight, they did change during the 30 days he was in rehab. By the time he returned, someone else taken his place as the director and he was forced to take a cut in pay. Within two weeks of returning he was fired from his job, "a mere two weeks after he returned from a protected leave and after he complained about being stripped of his job." Hawkins must realize Milan's bark is worse than his bite -- he's asking to be reinstated and compensated for an amount of money that the court determines for his troubles.