Wrongful Termination

Cancer surgeon sues Kaiser medical group for firing and defaming him; awarded $1.75 million before confidential settlement. Orange County.

Cancer surgeon obtains confidential settlement from SCPMG after $1.75 million verdict reached by jury.

  • Case Name: Wascher v. Southern California Permanente Group; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Friday, 19 June 2015

$550,000 verdict for custodian in ADA discrimination case. San Bernardino County.

Long-time custodian with bad back says he can't use ladder and requests accommodation from school district employer; denied as essential function of job. He was later terminated.

  • Case Name: Joseph Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nurse is fired after reporting unlicensed social worker, wins $299K verdict including punitives. Los Angeles County.

Hospice nurse reports that company's social worker is unlicensed, is subsequently terminated.

  • Case Name: Vanessa Manuel v. Heart to Heart Care, Inc. and Gentle Hands, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wrongful termination and religious discrimination result in $1.37 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

Onsite manager for low-income apartment complex is a Jehovah's Witness, claims that supervisors harassed her for a long period of time because of her religous beliefs and later terminated her.

  • Case Name: Huron Mayo v. Community Development Commission of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 06, 2014

Security guard fails drug test and is terminated. $40K offered. $1 million verdict. Fresno County.

Long-term hospital security guard fails drug test while on leave for on-the-job accident.  He's fired, claims defamation, invasion of privacy and wrongful termination. 

  • Case Name: Mckinley Nou v. Children’s Hospital Central California
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bartender fired after pregnancy leave; defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Bartender says she was wrongfully terminated after a pregnancy leave; that the restaurant failed to reasonably accomodate her needs.

  • Case Name: Bernadette Gonzalez v. Briad Restaurant Group, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kemper Independence claims manager defamed at work and then terminated. $4.7 million. Sacramento County.

Claims manager, a 28-year employee, protests treatment of his ex-wife, also a Kemper employee.  He is defamed by co-workers and fired.

  • Case Name: Robert M. Sallustio v. Kemper Independence Ins. Co., et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 09, 2014

Long-term female executive claims wrongful termination against Playboy Enterprises. $6 million. U.S. District Court.

Corporate controller claims Playboy asked for accounting entry that violated Sarbanes-Oxley Act; when she refused they retaliated against her and later wrongfully terminated her employment.

  • Case Name: Catherine A. Zulfer v. Playboy Enterprises Inc., and Does 1 through 10, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Staples facilities manager, 64, fired after age harassment. $26.1 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

Older, higher paid manager is harassed by supervisors at Staples, but he won't resign and is later terminated.  Jury awards major punitive damages.

  • Case Name: Bobby Dean Nickel v. Staples Contract & Commercial, Inc., and Staples, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whistleblower psychologist is terminated at state mental hospital. $1 million. Napa County.

Psychologist at State Mental Hospital says she was terminated in violation of public policy after she complained about trial competency evaluation procedures.

  • Case Name: Melody Jo Samuelson v. California Department of Mental Health, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

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