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Employee Who Declined Settlement Offer Was Not Entitled To Recover Attorney’s Fees

Martinez v. Eatlite One, Inc., 27 Cal. App. 5th 1181 (2018) Samantha Martinez, a sandwich maker and cashier, sued Eatlite (the owner of a Subway store) for employment discrimination in violation of public policy, gender and pregnancy discrimination, failure to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace, violation of the California Constitution and negligent supervision and … Continue Reading

$114,000 Pregnancy Discrimination Award Is Reversed Based On Erroneous Jury Instructions

Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd., 2012 WL 6628544 (Cal. Ct. App. 2012) Julie Gilman Veronese sued Lucasfilm on a number of theories, including pregnancy discrimination, failure to prevent pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Following 11 days of trial and three days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of … Continue Reading

“A Motivating Reason” Jury Instruction Is Upheld In Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Alamo v. Practice Mgmt. Info. Corp., 2012 WL 4450066 (Cal. Ct. App. 2012) Lorena Alamo sued her former employer Practice Management Information Corp. (“PMIC”) for pregnancy discrimination and retaliation in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Alamo was terminated for poor work performance … Continue Reading

Pregnancy Harassment Claim Was Properly Dismissed, And Employee Waived Attorney-Client Privilege By Using Employer’s Computer

Holmes v. Petrovich Dev. Co., 191 Cal. App. 4th 1047 (2011) Gina Holmes sued her employer for harassment based on pregnancy, retaliation, constructive discharge, violation of the right to privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The trial court granted summary adjudication to the defendants with respect to the claims for harassment, retaliation and constructive … Continue Reading

“Me Too” Evidence Was Admissible In Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Johnson v. United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children’s Found., 173 Cal. App. 4th 740 (2009) Dewandra Johnson, who was employed as a counselor for this charitable foundation, alleged that she had been terminated while and because she was pregnant. Johnson also alleged that her supervisor (Raquel Jiminez) had a discriminatory animus against pregnant and heterosexual women and … Continue Reading

Employer That Did Not Have Actual Knowledge Of Employee’s Pregnancy Could Not Have Discriminated

Trop v. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., 129 Cal. App. 4th 1133 (2005) Anne Trop was terminated from her position as an assistant to Betty Thomas, a movie producer and director for Tall Trees Productions, a motion picture production company with a “first look” deal with Columbia Pictures (a division of Sony). Prior to her termination, … Continue Reading
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