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Employer Was Not Liable For Accident Involving Employee Who Was Talking On Her Cell Phone

Ayon v. Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLC, 27 Cal. App. 5th 487 (2018) Brittini Zuppardo, a scheduling manager for Esquire Deposition Solutions, was talking on her cell phone while driving home from her boyfriend’s house when her vehicle struck Jessica Ayon, causing significant injuries. At the time of the accident, Zuppardo was speaking with Michelle Halkett, … Continue Reading

“Me Too” Evidence Was Relevant to and Admissible in Discrimination Lawsuit

Pantoja v. Anton, 198 Cal. App. 4th 87 (2011) Lorraine Pantoja sued attorney Thomas J. Anton and his firm for wrongful termination, violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), battery, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. By the time of the trial, only the FEHA claims remained. In their motions in … Continue Reading

Court Should Not Have Permitted Human Resources “Expert” To Testify In Wrongful Termination Trial

Kotla v. The Regents of the Univ. of Cal., 115 Cal. App. 4th 283 (2004) Dee Kotla, a former computer support technician, sued the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (the Lab) for retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) after she testified at a deposition in support of another employee’s claim of sexual harassment. The … Continue Reading

Employee’s Conviction For Grand Theft Of A Trade Secret Is Reversed

People v. Laiwala, 115 Cal. App. 4th 850, 9 Cal. Rptr. 3d 466 (2004) Sadrudin Laiwala, a former engineer of Odeum Microsystems, a division of Hyundai Electronics America, allegedly copied and took with him a “DVD copy protection system” immediately prior to his departure from the company. Laiwala was criminally prosecuted for violation of California … Continue Reading

Trial Court Should Have Considered Evidence Of Supervisor’s Retaliatory Motive

Colarossi v. Coty US Inc., 97 Cal. App. 4th 1142 (2002) In this case of alleged wrongful termination in violation of public policy, Kimberly Colarossi alleged that her employment was terminated after she participated as a witness in an investigation of sexual harassment by a manager at the company (Deborah Bassett). The trial court excluded … Continue Reading
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