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Engineer Of Iranian Descent Can Proceed With Race And National Origin Discrimination Claims

Zeinali v. Raytheon Co., 636 F.3d 544 (9th Cir. 2011) Hossein Zeinali, who is of Iranian descent, sued Raytheon for race and national origin discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act when it terminated his employment after he was denied a security clearance by the Department of Defense. The district court granted summary judgment … Continue Reading

Disabled Employee May Have Been Able To Perform Essential Functions Of A Different Job

Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., 166 Cal. App. 4th 952 (2008) Forough Nadaf-Rahrov worked as a clothes fitter for Neiman Marcus in Dallas before transferring to San Francisco in the mid- 1990s. She suffered from recurrent back and joint pain and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis. In November 2003, she commenced … Continue Reading

Employee Of Syrian National Origin May Proceed With Discrimination And Defamation Claims

Mamou v. Trendwest Resorts, Inc., 165 Cal. App. 4th 686 (2008) Tamer Mamou was employed as a project director for Trendwest (a company that sells timeshares at various resort locations) when he was terminated after approximately 12 years of employment. Trendwest terminated Mamou after it became aware that he had filed documents with the California … Continue Reading

Employer Entitled To Recover Its Attorney’s Fees In Discrimination Case

Villanueva v. City of Colton, 160 Cal. App. 4th 1188 (2008) After Daniel Villanueva was demoted from Lead Operator to Operator II, he sued the city for discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity or skin color and for retaliation for his having complained about the alleged discrimination. The trial court granted summary judgment to … Continue Reading

Bank VP’s Discrimination Claims Were Not Preempted By Federal Law

Ramanathan v. Bank of America, 155 Cal. App. 4th 1017 (2007) Padmanabhan Ramanathan alleged he was discriminated against and harassed as a result of his religion (Hindu), race (Asian) and national origin. In its summary judgment motion, the Bank asserted that Ramanathan was a “Vice President” who served “at the pleasure” of the board of … Continue Reading
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