Category Archives: Wrongful Termination

Jury Awards Fired Pregnant Worker Nearly $185 Million

Plaintiff Rosario Juarez sued her former employer, AutoZone Stores Inc., for demoting her and ultimately terminating her after she announced her pregnancy in 2005.  According to Juarez, when she informed her district manager that she was expecting, the manager responding … Continue reading

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New California Law Confirms That “Sexual Desire” is Not an Element of a Sexual Harassment Claim

Governor Brown on Monday signed into law a new bill stating that the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit need not prove that the sexually harassing conduct was “motivated by sexual desire.” The law, Senate Bill 292, is a reaction … Continue reading

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California Court Reaffirms Employers’ Obligations to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

In Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., — Cal. App. — (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 21, 2013), the California Court of Appeals for the Second District held that California employers’ obligations as to employees requiring medical leaves of absence caused by … Continue reading

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In Wake of Harris, Jury Awards $21.7 Million to Disabled Employee in Discrimination Case

Despite the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. City of Santa Monica, discussed in detail here, in which the Court stated that plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases must prove discrimination was a “substantial factor motivating a termination of employment, … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard Applicable to Discrimination Lawsuits

In Harris v. City of Santa Monica, — Cal. — (Feb. 7, 2013), the California Supreme Court held that under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, “when a jury finds that unlawful discrimination was a substantial factor motivating a termination … Continue reading

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Employees Can Be Fired for Being Too Sexy, says the Iowa Supreme Court

Although this blog’s focus is on California law, we could not pass up writing about this outrageous and terrible decision coming out of Iowa’s Supreme Court, which held in a 7-0 opinion that bosses in Iowa can fire female employees … Continue reading

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Stunning $167 Million Verdict to Plaintiff Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation by Her Employer

A Sacramento jury in federal court has awarded more than $167 million to Ani Chopourian, who alleged that her former employer, Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West), sexually harassed her and illegally retaliated against her for repeatedly complaining … Continue reading

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