Employment

African American says his Caltrans co-workers racially harassed and discriminated against him. $1M. Los Angeles County.

Caltrans worker says he complained repeatedly but supervisors failed to act.

  • Case Name: Scudder v. Caltrans
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 09, 2018

Coworker sexually harasses truck driver. $2.6M. Santa Cruz County.

Heterosexual male harassed with homosexual slurs.

  • Case Name: Hudson v. Beverly Fabrics, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Mechanic sues after he is told that boss referred to him by using the "N" word. $176K. Orange County.

Mechanic sues boss for racial discrimination and many other causes of action.

  • Case Name: Barry Ware v. JKM Equipment, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

15-year supermarket employee fired while on medical leave. $578K. San Mateo County.

Supermarket bakery/deli manager loses her job when communication with employer breaks down during pregnancy/medical leave.

  • Case Name: Keri Sullivan v. Save Mart Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 29, 2017

Manufacturing plant supervisor suffers multiple injuries on the job, later fired. $15M. Los Angeles County.

Manufacturing plant supervisor takes a lot of time off due to on-the-job injuries; he's demoted, later fired.  Company says he was soliciting bribes from vendors.

  • Case Name: Astorga v. Snap-On Logistics
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Only non-economic damages sought in employment retaliation case. $575K. Riverside County.

Cable guy takes FMLA time off, supervisor doesn't like it. He's fired.

  • Case Name: Lave v. Charter Communications, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 19, 2017

Whistleblower gets $22M punitives after wrongful termination. $25.1M. Los Angeles County.

Sales manager reports illegal sale activity, claims he was retaliated against.

  • Case Name: Steven Babyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FEHA discrimination claimed against large clothing manufacturer. $650K. Los Angeles County.

Garment company mishandles accommodation for long-time worker who suffers disability from lifting heavy boxes.

  • Case Name: Abarca v. Citizens of Humanity, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Doctor-founders of non-profit medical clinic are wrongfully terminated. $6 million. Los Angeles County.

Doctors sue after they are fired by non-doctors who are running non-profit medical clinic.

  • Case Name: Saied Ibraham Saied, M.D., et al. v. Centro Medico Community Clinic, Inc. et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 09, 2017

Wrongful termination and retaliation claimed by Office Depot supervisor. $10 million. Los Angeles County.

Jury says Office Depot failed to take retaliation complaint seriously before it fired plaintiff.

  • Case Name: Flores v. Office Depot, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, February 06, 2017

Defense verdict on public employee's dismissal. El Dorado County.

Terminated administrative assistant claims he was a whistle blower.

  • Case Name: Erik Jacoby v. Georgetown Divide Public Utility District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Early maternity leave leads to employee's termination. $41,400 bench verdict.Los Angeles County.

Clerk goes on early maternity leave when she has a premature birth, is later told not to return to work.

  • Case Name: Yvonne Rodriguez v. Xiaobo America, Ltd
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Santa Barbara inn fires food/beverage director for being "no spring chicken." $545K. Santa Barbara County.

Long-time restaurateur  tells manager he's "no spring chicken" and orders him to train a younger female as assistant F&B director.  

  • Case Name: Charles Saccio v. Antonio R. Romasanta, DBA Eladio’s Restaurant
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Employer said negligent after one employee attacks another. $1.9 million. Solano County.

Negligent retention claimed by employee who is attacked at work by a co-worker.

  • Case Name: Gabriel Affonso v. Miguel Rocha d.b.a. M.R. Enterprise
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 01, 2016

Tech school department head claims defamation and retaliation. $914K. Alameda County.

Head of electronics department is not interviewed for dean position; later threatens legal action. Claims retaliation and defamation after he is fired.

  • Case Name: Duong v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 01, 2016

Wrongful termination of long-time employee results in punitives. $8.5 million. Los Angeles County.

New supervisor terminates 23-year employee at aerospace facility. She says defendant replaced her with a younger male who she trained.

  • Case Name: Blanca Torres v. B.E. Aerospace Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 02, 2016