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Court Reverses $1 Million Discrimination Verdict Entered Against LA Fire Department

Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, 241 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2015) Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department, sued the City of Los Angeles for racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Following a 34-day jury trial, the jury found for Jumaane on his claims and awarded him more than $1 million … Continue Reading

Proskauer Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf Of Paramount Pictures

On December 16, we obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, Paramount Pictures Corporation, in a case brought by a former paralegal in the studio’s Business Affairs Administration department.  The plaintiff claimed discrimination, constructive discharge and wrongful termination on the basis of her race.  (The plaintiff was represented by Tom Girardi, who had previously represented Erin … Continue Reading

Employer’s Anti-SLAPP Motion Was Properly Denied

Martin v. Inland Empire Utilities Agency, 198 Cal. App. 4th 611 (2011) Dean Martin, who worked as the executive manager of finance and administration of the municipal water district for the City of Chino, alleged retaliation, racial and age discrimination and harassment, defamation and constructive wrongful termination. In response, defendants filed a demurrer and an … 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

$1.8 Million Judgment Affirmed In Favor Of Employee Who Was Discriminated Against On The Basis Of Race And Gender

Harvey v. Sybase, Inc., 161 Cal. App. 4th 1547 (2008) Marietta Harvey was hired and supervised by Nita White-Ivy in the human resources departments of two different companies, including Sybase. When Sybase terminated Harvey, she alleged discrimination on the basis of race or gender. The jury agreed and returned a verdict in Harvey’s favor in … Continue Reading

Physician’s Discrimination Claims Were Properly Dismissed

Johnson v. Riverside Healthcare Sys., 516 F.3d 759 (9th Cir. 2008) Christopher Lynn Johnson alleged he was discriminated against on the basis of his race and sexual orientation and asserted claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The district court granted defendants’ motion … Continue Reading

Television Station Did Not Discriminate Against Caucasian News Anchor

Hicks v. KNTV Television, Inc., 160 Cal. App. 4th 994 (2008) Bradford Hicks, a white man, was the 5:00 p.m. weeknight news anchor for KNTV. After KNTV chose not to renew Hicks’ contract, it selected an African-American man to fill the position Hicks had vacated. Hicks alleged race discrimination and wrongful termination, asserting that KNTV … 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

Wrongful Termination And Retaliation Claims Can Proceed Against Screen Actors Guild

Metoyer v. Screen Actors Guild, 504 F.3d 919 (9th Cir. 2007) SAG terminated the employment of Dr. Patricia Heisser Metoyer (SAG’s national executive director of affirmative action) after PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded she had authorized payment of $30,000 of funds available for Guild use to friends, business partners and her husband’s production company. Metoyer responded by filing a … Continue Reading

Discrimination And Sexual Harassment Suit Properly Dismissed On Summary Judgment

Jones v. California Dep’t of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 152 Cal. App. 4th 1367 (2007) Kim C. Jones worked as a correctional officer at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility for approximately 16 years before experiencing alleged gender discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, assault and battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The trial court … Continue Reading

Employee Failed To Establish Retaliation For Filing Race Discrimination Complaint

McRae v. Dep’t of Corrections, 142 Cal. App. 4th 377 (2006) Dr. Margie McRae filed a lawsuit against her employer, the California Department of Corrections, and four individual defendants, seeking damages for discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The trial court granted summary judgment to the four individual … Continue Reading

Major League Baseball Did Not Violate Title VII By Providing Benefits To Former Negro League Players

Moran v. Selig, 447 F.3d 748 (9th Cir. 2006) Seeking to make partial amends for its exclusion of African-American baseball players prior to 1947 (when Jackie Robinson “broke the color barrier”), MLB voluntarily decided to provide certain benefits, including medical coverage and a supplemental income plan, to qualifying African-Americans players who had been in the … Continue Reading

The Federal Fair Housing Act Does Not Create Liability For Owner Of Real Estate Corporation

Meyer v. Holley, 537 U.S. 280, 123 S. Ct. 824 (2003) Ellen and David Holley, an interracial couple, sued Triad, Inc., a Triad employee and David Meyer (Triad’s owner) for violation of the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) after the Triad employee allegedly prevented the Holleys from buying a house in Twenty-Nine Palms, California for … Continue Reading

Employee Who Suffered Psychiatric Injury From Workplace Investigation Is Not Entitled To Workers’ Comp Benefits

Northrop Grumman Corp. v. WCAB, 103 Cal. App. 4th 1021 (2002) Robert C. Graves filed a workers’ compensation claim for psychiatric injuries he allegedly sustained following an investigation into his alleged racial discrimination against a subordinate employee whom he supervised at Northrop Grumman. The workers’ compensation judge (and the WCAB) found that the psychiatric injury … Continue Reading

Social Worker States Public Policy Claim Against Religious Entity

Phillips v. St. Mary Regional Med. Ctr., 96 Cal. App. 4th 218 (2002) Plaintiff, a former social worker for St. Mary, a nonprofit, religiously-affiliated hospital, alleged wrongful termination in violation of the public policy against race and sex discrimination as embodied in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the California Constitution and Title … Continue Reading
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