New supervisor terminates 23-year employee at aerospace facility. She says defendant replaced her with a younger male who she trained.
Law Offices of Maryann P. Gallagher by Maryann P. Gallagher, Los Angeles.
The Zappia Law Firm by Edward Zappia and Herbert Hayden, Los Angeles.
Russell Suede, economics – punitive damages, Calabasas.
David Weiner, economics – punitive damages.
Plaintiff was employed by Delco Machine and Gear, Inc. from 1989 through 2001, when Delco was purchased by defendant B.E. Aerospace Inc. She was the Quality Assurance Supervisor at B.E. Aerospace in their Westminster facility for 11 years. In 2011 a new manager began working at the facility and supervising plaintiff. In 2012 plaintiff was terminated from her position.
That defendant B.E. Aerospace terminated plaintiff without warning, claiming they had eliminated her position.
That defendants did not eliminate her position and that they in fact replaced her with a 25-year-old male, who she had trained when he started at B.E. Aerospace.
Plaintiff claimed defendants were motivated by age and gender discrimination.
Defendant B.E. Aerospace, Inc. presented evidence at trial that they eliminated plaintiff's position by dividing her responsibilities between three different employees. They contended that they did not fill her position with a replacement hire. During trial, defendants also put on evidence that plaintiff was insubordinate, resistant to the changes that were instituted by her new Quality Assurance Manager, and refused to perform her duties.
Emotional Distress, loss of her career of 23 years, anxiety.