Abed v. Western Dental Servs., Inc., 23 Cal. App. 5th 859 (2018)

Western Dental posted a job opening for a dental assistant in its Napa, California office while Ada Abed was working there as a student extern. Although Abed originally had been assured that the externship was a four- to six-week “working interview” and that her work was “above average,” she was later told after her pregnancy became known that there were no open positions for a dental assistant in Napa (though another extern was later hired for the position). Because Abed never actually applied for a position, the trial court dismissed her pregnancy discrimination claim, but the Court of Appeal reversed, holding that there are triable issues of fact as to whether Western Dental intentionally discriminated Abed by falsely telling her that no job was available.