Category Archives: FEHA

Sacramento Jury Awards $4.75 Million Verdict for Age Discrimination

Congratulations to attorney Mark Velez of Rocklin, California for obtaining a verdict of $4.75 million in a FEHA age discrimination case against Bass Underwriters. His client, Barbara Anderton, was 61 years old when she was terminated from her 15-year job … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Stress Caused by Supervisor is Not a Disability Under FEHA

Plaintiff was an employee who did not get along with her supervisor. Things were so bad that plaintiff’s physician took plaintiff off work and concluded plaintiff suffered from adjustment disorder with anxiety. Plaintiff took a lot of time off work, … Continue reading

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A Person Providing Services Pursuant to a Contract Has Standing to Sue Under FEHA

This is an ugly sexual harassment case. Plaintiff was a phlebotomist employed by a company who had a contract with a police department to provide phlebotomist services. Plaintiff would go to police stations and jails to take blood samples from … Continue reading

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Award of Costs to Prevailing Party in FEHA Case is Discretionary and so are Attorney’s Fees

Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against his employer for employment discrimination in violation of FEHA. The trial court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment and awarded the employer its court costs. Plaintiff appealed and the case ended up before the California … Continue reading

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9th Circuit: FEHA Claims – MSJ & Plaintiff’s Evidence

I like this case because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment granted for Sears, the defendant employer, on a FEHA case of disability discrimination. Plaintiff’s attorneys always contend with defense counsel’s ridiculous criticisms of declarations offered … Continue reading

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No Harassment or Discrimination? No Liability for Failure to Prevent!

When a jury finds that a plaintiff experienced sexually harassing conduct, but finds that the conduct was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment and did not create a hostile work environment, can a jury’s finding … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court: After-Acquired Evidence and Unclean Hands Are Not Complete Defenses

Just after I posted thoughts on recent unpublished opinions, today the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in which it concluded that the after-acquired evidence and unclean hands doctrines are not complete defenses to FEHA claims, but they do affect … Continue reading

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