Employment

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

Police captain has higher aspirations, claims retaliation when not promoted further. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Police captain serves as hearing officer for officers accused of misconduct. He refuses to terminate several accused officers; says that is why he has not been further promoted.

  • Case Name: Byford (Peter) Whittingham v. City of Los Angeles, LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mani and Pedi workers in wage and overtime dispute. $95,788 bench verdict. San Diego County.

Nail salon operator said to violate wage and hour laws.

  • Case Name: Nguyen v. Anh-Ngoc Nguyen dba Lavish Nails and Lounge
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fired fire chief claims age discrimination. $704K. San Bernardino County.

San Bernardino County terminates long-time division fire chief, replacing him with a younger, cheaper employee.  Lack of reason for firing leads to claim of age discrimination.

  • Case Name: George Corley v. San Bernardino County Fire Protection District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 14, 2016

LAPD retaliated against police detective after medical leave. $2.1 million. Los Angeles County.

Supervisory police detective goes on leave for work-related back injury, is later transferred to different job. Claims discrimination and retaliation.

  • Case Name: Maria Elena Montoya v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Tech on FAA contract fired after altercation with co-worker. $7.39 million

A technician working at an FAA site is fired after an altercation with a co-worker.  Plaintiff says the co-worker started it.

  • Case Name: Yang v. ActioNet
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 17, 2016