Employment

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

Kaiser administrator says termination was retaliation. $3 million, later reduced. Alameda County.

Clinic administrator at Kaiser says she was terminated in retaliation for taking a medical leave.  Kaiser says termination was for poor performance.

  • Case Name: Metzner v. The Permanente Medical Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 23, 2015

Passenger van driver tells passenger of depression and is fired. $1.2 million. Los Angeles County.

Van driver allegedly tells passenger of his depression and suicidal thoughts around the holidays; is later fired.

  • Case Name: Francisco Tapia v. San Gabriel Transit, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 16, 2015

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