Employment

Plaintiffs allege sexual harassment and retaliation at So. Cal. Edison. $464M. Los Angeles County.

This is the largest jury verdict in an employment case in U.S. history. It also may be the largest male-plaintiff sexual harassment verdict ever rendered in California.

  • Case Name: Alfredo Martinez and Justin Page v. Southern California Edison Co. and Edison International
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 02, 2022

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

Whistleblower sues bank employer. $1.5M. San Diego County.

Bank auditor is fired after he reports to outside governmental agencies his beliefs of wrongdoing by the bank.

  • Case Name: Charles Matthew Erhart v. BofI Holding Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 18, 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

Couple says they were lured to California for work at a religious retreat; claims they were promised health insurance. Defense verdict. San Bernardino County.

A Michigan couple relocates to California after both husand and wife are offered jobs at religious retreat. They claim they were promised health insurance.

  • Case Name: Lysanne Ryan v. Free Methodist Church in Southern California
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Employment breach of contract claimed in settlement with terminated county employee. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Long-time department of Probation Department employee claims pay and retirement benefits the county says he's not entitled to.

  • Case Name: Timothy Sturm v. County of Los Angeles Probation Department
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

County of Los Angeles whistleblower. $257K.

African-American manager in LA County Tax Collector's office says he was retaliated against after blowing whistle on the activities of a senior manager.

  • Case Name: Winston v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Police sergeant claims retaliation by City of Los Angeles after prior lawsuit. $1.2M. Los Angeles County.

LAPD officer says the department retaliated against him becasue of a lawsuit he filed against the city in 2006.

  • Case Name: Richard Joaquin v City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and USC breach employment contract. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff scientist claims he was promised forgiveness of a $200,000 housing loan, which defendants reneged on.

  • Case Name: Richard Simerly v. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Saturday, 23 October 2021

Teacher claims school district failed to accommodate her MS disability. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Elementary school teacher is diagnosed with MS, needs regular aide in classroom but says district does not accommodate that request.

  • Case Name: Lily S. Carvajal Monge v. Montebello Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Plaintiff leaves country during medical leave, so school district terminates him. $1.2M. Tulare County.

School janitor takes five-week leave for diabetes, leaves the country.

  • Case Name: Oscar Mayorga v. Porterville Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 02, 2021

Vice president said to mishandle transgender person's complaint. VP is fired. $300K arb award.

Long-time employee, a Latina, is said to have allowed a hostile work environment, so the company fired her.

  • Case Name: Marisol Carrillo v. Renfro Corporation dba K Bell Socks
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 17, 2021

Secretary says hugs and touching distressed her, claims sexual harassment by high-ranking sheriff. $60K. San Diego County.

Assistant Sheriff hugs and touches administrative secretary in an unwanted fashion. He retires before any discipline.

  • Case Name: LaFoy v. County of San Diego, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, April 26, 2021

Insurer AAA fires employee who complained of harassment by supervisor. $360K arb award plus $504,783.47 in attorneys fees and $24,175.97 in costs.

Employee of 22 years complains of harassment followed by retaliatory termination.

  • Case Name: Keene v. American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada And Utah ("AAA")
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 21, 2020
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

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

Wrongful termination of senior manager. $4M. San Diego County.

Company's controller is fired after five months of employment; she claims retaliation.

  • Case Name: Shujun Qiu v. Three Rivers Provider Network, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 15, 2019