Employment

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

Dentist sexually harasses assistant. $1.7 million bench verdict. San Bernardino County.

Dental assistant says she was repeatedly touched and otherwise harassed by the dentist; constructive termination when she refuses to go to Las Vegas for a second time.

  • Case Name: Juddy Olivares v. Sam Dason and Sam Daniel Dason DDS, A Professional Dental Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nurse at state mental hospital claims supervisor harassed and endangered her. Defense. San Luis Obispo County.

Plaintiff claims constructive termination and PTSD due to harassment from supervisor.

  • Case Name: Janet Ochotorena v. Department of State Hospitals
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Restaurant held liable when employee gets drunk at bar after shift. $1.5 million. San Diego County.

Course and scope of employment is deciding factor in verdict against San Diego restaurant.

  • Case Name: Cheng v. Quintanilla, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 05, 2016

Lawyer tries to intervene in ongoing sexual harassment by prominent yogi and is fired. $7.3 million. Los Angeles County.

Developer of yoga method said to sexually harass students, fires his own lawyer when she tries to stop him.

  • Case Name: Jafa-Bodden v. Choudhury
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 25, 2016

Firefighter claims racial discrimination. Defense verdict.

Plaintiff claimed that he experienced a racially hostile work environment and was retaliated against by defendants after filing a race discrimination complaint with the City.

  • Case Name: Ronald El-Malik Curtis v. City of Oakland, Jennifer Ray, Joseph Torres, John Farrell and Gerald A. Simon
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 08, 2015