Wrongful Termination

Director of IT is fired after refusing to sign false declaration. $1.6M. Los Angeles County.

IT manager loses his job and is replaced by the spouse of the company manager that he had accused of a HIPPA-related violation.

  • Case Name: Matthew Flanigan v. Rheumatology Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Principal of school fired after complaints of his speaking Spanish to students too often. $3.6M. Tulare County.

Complaints about principal in largely Hispanic school district seem to revolve around "he speaks Spanish too much and this is America."  School Board later fires him.

  • Case Name: Ernie Flores v. Palo Verde Union School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Walmart pharmacist claims retaliation, wrongful termination. $27.5M.

Walmart pharmacist complains of illegal practices by Walmart in its pharmacy, claims she was retaliated against and fired. Walmart says she quit for another job.

  • Case Name: Afrouz Nikmanesh v. Walmart Stores
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 03, 2021

Plaintiff leaves country during medical leave, so school district terminates him. $1.2M. Tulare County.

School janitor takes five-week leave for diabetes, leaves the country.

  • Case Name: Oscar Mayorga v. Porterville Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 02, 2021

Vice president said to mishandle transgender person's complaint. VP is fired. $300K arb award.

Long-time employee, a Latina, is said to have allowed a hostile work environment, so the company fired her.

  • Case Name: Marisol Carrillo v. Renfro Corporation dba K Bell Socks
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 17, 2021

Wrongful termination of senior manager. $4M. San Diego County.

Company's controller is fired after five months of employment; she claims retaliation.

  • Case Name: Shujun Qiu v. Three Rivers Provider Network, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Design assistant terminated after repetitive injury claim. $210K. Los Angeles County.

Worker reports injury but is not referred to worker's comp. 

  • Case Name: Cordero v. Catwalk to Sidewalk Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Wrongful termination of hospital employee based on race and retaliation. $1.5M. Los Angeles County.

Phlebotomist is fired at UCLA hospital, claims it is racially motivated.

  • Case Name: Nicole Birden v. The Regents of the University of California
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 06, 2019

20-year City of Compton employee suffers discrimination, retaliation and termination. $655K. Los Angeles County.

City of Compton's HR director is terminated; claims retaliation after reporting discrimination and harassment by city council member.

  • Case Name: Kareemah Mateen-Bradford v. City of Compton, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Employee is not accommodated after serious auto accident. $1.5M. Los Angeles County.

On-site real estate manager requests accomodation of her temporary disabilities following auto accident.

  • Case Name: Mykyn Woods v. Greystar Management Services, LP
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Janitor with shoulder injury claims wrongful termination. $1.1M. San Diego County.

Stellar employee takes time off to treat for shoulder injury, suffers retaliation and termination.

  • Case Name: Maria Guerrero v. Able Engineering Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Baldwin Park's first female Chief of Police wrongfully terminated. $7M. Los Angeles County.

Police Chief says she was discriminated against and then fired.  

  • Case Name: Hadsell v. City of Baldwin Park
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wrongful termination at community college. $2.9M. Los Angeles County.

Cafeteria worker says her disability was not accommodated and that she was fired.

  • Case Name: Shirvanyan v. Los Angeles Community College District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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