Wrongful Termination

Catholic-school teacher's contract not renewed after maternity leave. $3.6M. Los Angeles County.

Teacher says termination after pregnancy leave was retaliation; church says it was due to her performance. 

  • Case Name: Liggins v. Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Father Michael Tang, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 01, 2018

Retaliation claimed when fire marshal is fired. $4M. Los Angeles County.

Fire marshal says he cited unsafe buildings and was later terminated; City says he was unable to get along with other employees.

  • Case Name: Jason Briley v. City of West Covina
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Three whistle-blowing employees of FedEx claim unsafe airplane repairs. $8M. Los Angeles County.

Employees say they complained about unsafe aircraft repair and repairs that were signed off on but never done, and then were retaliated against.

  • Case Name: Gruzalski et al. v. Federal Express Corporation et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 19, 2018

Civilian investigator reports misconduct, which City of Long Beach tries to hide. $736K. Los Angeles County.

Civilian investigator is terminated after he says valid complaints against Long Beach police were repeatedly ignored; claims retaliation.

  • Case Name: Thomas Gonzales v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 07, 2018

Young managers engage in age discrimination of long-time employee. $31M. Los Angeles County.

Young managers want to move out a long-time employee.

  • Case Name: Rael v. Sybron Dental, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kaiser employee is fired; claims retaliation. $366K. Los Angeles County.

HR manager is fired by Kaiser; she says it was because she was doing her job in trying to improve the EEO investigations department.

  • Case Name: Loveless v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sales director terminated after pregnancy leave; claims wrongful termination. Defense. Orange County.

After returning from maternity leave, 10-year employee is terminated, she says without warning.

  • Case Name: Levin v. Minacs Group USA
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Salesman fired in retaliation after complaints of racial harassment. $822K. Los Angeles County.

African-American beverage salesman says his Korean-American supervisor racially harassed him.

  • Case Name: Jimmy Saxton v. Hip Hop Beverage Corp. et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Coworker sexually harasses truck driver. $2.6M. Santa Cruz County.

Heterosexual male harassed with homosexual slurs.

  • Case Name: Hudson v. Beverly Fabrics, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

15-year supermarket employee fired while on medical leave. $578K. San Mateo County.

Supermarket bakery/deli manager loses her job when communication with employer breaks down during pregnancy/medical leave.

  • Case Name: Keri Sullivan v. Save Mart Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 29, 2017

Healthcare employer fires supervisor after medical leave. $420K. Yuba County.

20-year employee seeks to return to work with medical limitations; employer fails to accomodate her, then terminates her.

  • Case Name: Abinante v. The Fremont-Rideout Health Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 16, 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

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