Discrimination, ADA

School custodian wrongfully terminated after injury. $35.5M. Santa Cruz County.

School District's workers' comp administrator is blamed for providing misleading information. Verdict includes $27 million in punitive damages against administrator.

  • Case Name: Ruvalcaba v. Santa Cruz City Schools, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

LAPD retaliates against lieutenant who requests accommodation after on-the-job injury. $4.3M. Los Angeles County.

LAPD officer claims he was subjected to years of retaliation including lost promotions after he was marked by superiors as a  "problem child."

  • Case Name: Lou Vince v. City Of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 09, 2022

Navy veteran retaliated against for whistleblower complaint. $1.7M. San Bernardino County.

Employee of defense subcontractor refuses to take photographs of equipment on military base when ordered to do so, reports those improper orders to general contractor, and is later fired on a pretext. 

  • Case Name: Randall Benart v. DA Defense Logistics HQ, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Design assistant terminated after repetitive injury claim. $210K. Los Angeles County.

Worker reports injury but is not referred to worker's comp. 

  • Case Name: Cordero v. Catwalk to Sidewalk Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 26, 2019

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

Healthcare employer fires supervisor after medical leave. $420K. Yuba County.

20-year employee seeks to return to work with medical limitations; employer fails to accomodate her, then terminates her.

  • Case Name: Abinante v. The Fremont-Rideout Health Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AT&T call center rep takes a lot of medical leave, is terminated after 10 years. Claims retaliation, wrongful termination. $2M. San Diego County.

Service rep works ten years for phone company call center, is fired after she continually misses work; employer says that's not why she was fired – that she repeatedly failed to meet national standards.

  • Case Name: Angela Hernandez v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company, dba AT&T California, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sports columnist for LA Times claims constructive termination; $7.1 million. Reduced on JNOV.

Long-time sports columnist for LA Times with national reputation claims he was discriminated against, constructively terminated. Judge later grants motion for JNOV, reduces verdict to zero.

  • Case Name: Simers v. Tribune Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 04, 2015

$550,000 verdict for custodian in ADA discrimination case. San Bernardino County.

Long-time custodian with bad back says he can't use ladder and requests accommodation from school district employer; denied as essential function of job. He was later terminated.

  • Case Name: Joseph Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Psychiatrist claims ADHD, depression and does not receive accommodations at work. $1.6 million verdict. San Diego County.

Psychiatrist working for state at prison hospital claims she suffers from ADHD and depression, asks for accommodations but says she was refused. 

  • Case Name: Doe Psychiatrist v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 13, 2014

$75,290 jury verdict for employment disability discrimination; stipulated judgment of $175,000 prior to punitive damages phase. Orange County.

Plaintiff was fired from her job one day after requesting medical leave.

  • Case Name: Maly Sun v. Transit Air Cargo Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 07, 2012