Employment

Bus driver with health issues repeatedly misses work, is fired. $1.9 million. Los Angeles County.

Bus driver with chronic health conditions is fired for repeated absences, but he claims that he is disabled and L.A. Metro failed to make reasonable accommodations. Offer of $100,000 before trial, but jury says $1.9 million.

  • Case Name: Raphael Vasquez v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 11, 2013

Farmer's claims adjuster claims age discrimination after termination; $749,000. Fresno County.

Experienced claims adjuster is fired at age 60, says younger adjusters and supervisor discriminated against her. She is fired after going out on medical leave for stress.

  • Case Name: Sharron Warehime v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 04, 2013

White LA city employee claims racial discrimination against Caucasians. $3.25 million. Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles city gardener, a 63-year-old white man, says Hispanic foreman discriminated against him; that the City regularly discriminated against Caucasian employees in his department.

  • Case Name: James Duffy v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, August 11, 2013

Defense verdict in claim of racial discrimination by city librarian. Los Angeles County.

  • Case Name: Nora Cofie v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 20, 2013

Production worker fired for insubordination awarded $482,511. Los Angeles County.

57-year-old production worker is fired when he fails to clean out a storage trailer after being told to do so; he says that he was physically injured off-the-job and unable to perform the task.

  • Case Name: Kivman v. Worldwide Aeros, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

$2.5 million to two bank employees for wrongful termination, discrimination. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff employees experience age and ethnicity discrimination from two higher-ups. When one employee rats out supervisor for falsifying data, retaliation follows in the form of termination.

  • Case Name: Nimet Behar, et al. v. Union Bank, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, April 08, 2013

$21.8 million award for wrongful termination of customer service rep. Los Angeles County.

Customer service rep takes doctor-approved leave of absence for panic attacks; defendant says she abandoned her job and fires her. $750,000 offered before closing arguments. $21.8 million award.

  • Case Name: April Rodriguez v. Valley Vista Services Inc. and Zerep Management Corp.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wrongful termination of prison doctor results in $3.3 million verdict. Madera County.

Prison doctor of 15 years is fired and not told why; unanimous verdict on breach of contract against California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Plaintiff surgeon had treated females in two state prisons.

  • Case Name: Muhammad Anwar, M.D. v. State of California, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hollywood creative director wrongfully terminated for reporting boss's coke use; $450,000 verdict; settlement before punitive phase. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff is terminated after he complains of his boss's drug use at work. Plaintiff contends that his boss's connections to lucrative clients and involvement in a company merger was major factor in plaintiff's being terminated.

  • Case Name: Andrew MacDonald v. Ascent Media Group, Inc., et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 22, 2012

UPS supervisor receives $18 million verdict for wrongful termination/retaliation. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff claimed violations of safety regulations and wage/hour law after working many years for UPS. After a failed attempt at a class-action, plaintiff filed individual suit and encouraged many other managers to do the same. Plaintiff said he was fired after an incident fabricated by defendant. Jury awards substantial punitive damages.

  • Case Name: Michael Marlo v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 23, 2012

$1.96 million to inventor of diesel fuel additive for breach of implied employment contract. Los Angeles County.

Inventor says company unfairly cut his profit-sharing in product he developed, marketed and sold.  Company wrongly claimed he was an at-will employee.

  • Case Name: George Sturges, Jr. v. Kern Fuels Research, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

$6 million jury verdict for truck driver whose employer insisted he make deliveries in dangerous weather. Sacramento County.

Employer required hazardous materials truck driver to make deliveries in severe storm, then insisted he return for more after his shift even though he informed employer he had been drinking after work. He was fired for not returning to work.

  • Case Name: Webb v. Ramos Oil Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 12, 2012

$90 million to security guards in class action over break time. Los Angeles County.

Security company required guards to be "on duty" during rest breaks, violating Labor Code.  Award made by judge in summary judgment.

  • Case Name: Jennifer Augustus v. American Commercial Security Services
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 05, 2012

$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

$167 million record verdict for wrongful termination of surgical aide at Catholic hospital. Sacramento County.

Physician's assistant in surgical unit says hospital ignored her repeated written complaints about verbal sexual harassment by doctors, lax safety practices and meal-and-rest breaks.

  • Case Name: Ani Chopourian v. Catholic Healthcare West d.b.a. Mercy General Hospital and Mercy General Hospital
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Surgeon blows the whistle at UCLA Medical Center. $10 million settlement at trial. Los Angeles County.

Whistleblower surgeon alleges UCLA allows docs to take medical industry payments that could compromise patient care. $10 million settlement after 2-month trial.

  • Case Name: Robert Pedowitz, M.D. v. The Regents of the University of California, et al.
  • Monday, 21 April 2014