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Sexual harassment destroys lives and ruins businesses. In cases of workplace sex harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or wrongful termination, it is often difficult to determine your rights, whether you may be able to reach a settlement, or need to pursue a lawsuit. If you believe you are a victim, please contact us and we can help you with this often difficult process. With lawyers serving the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego areas, we handle cases in virtually all of California.
Recent Workplace Sexual Harassment Cases
2013: In Moran v. Shah, on August 5, a twelve person jury in Palm Springs found Palm Desert real estate developer, Suresh Shah, guilty of sexually harassing Karen Moran, Shah's former leasing agent and mall manager at the Town Center Mall in Yucca Valley. The jury awarded plaintiff $1.25 million ($1,000,000 in punitive damages against Mr. Shah and $250,000 in compensatory damages to plaintiff). Ms. Moran alleged Mr. Shah made unwanted requests for sexual favors in exchange for a raise in pay, that he sent her and other female employees numerous sexually explicit emails, and that he touched her inappropriately and directed vulgar, gender based language at her and other women employees over a period of many months. The jury also found Mr. Shah acted with malice or oppression, which was the basis for the punitive damages award. Ms. Moran was represented by Patrick McNicholas (lead), John Dalton (second chair), and Jason Oliver. Mr. Shah was represented by defense lawyer Sean Reis.
2011: In Wherry v. Century 21 Award and Greg Britton, on February 23, we succeeded in our fight against Century 21 and the California Association of REALTORS®. To review the Court of Appeal's published decision in Wherry/Traieh v. Award, Inc., finding the CAR Independent Contractor Agreement (ICA) illegal and unenforceable when used to attempt to force people into an unfair arbitration system, click here. UPDATE 1 : On April 4, 2011, the California Supreme Court denied attempts to overturn the Court of Appeal's decision filed by Century 21 Award, and the California Association of REALTORS®, denying their petition for review and depublication. UPDATE 2: On July 7, 2011, the trial court ordered defendant Award to pay Plaintiffs over $160,000 in attorney's fees in connection with the arbitration related proceedings.
2005: In Marcisz v. Ultrastar, in , Prior to this, in a sexual harassment case against UltraStar Cinemas (Movie Theater Entertainment Group) a San Diego jury awarded our clients $6,000,000 (six million dollars) in punitive damages in addition to $850,000 in compensatory damages. UltraStar had knowingly allowed two of its male managers, ages 32 and 22 respectively, to sexually harass the teenage plaintiffs. Some of the harassment included assault, the brandishing of knives, and the use of police restraint holds on the teenage girls. At the time of the harassment, the four plaintiffs were minimum wage workers between the ages of 16 and 17 in their first jobs. After the verdicts were rendered, the trial court ordered a new trial, on the grounds that the awards were too much money. April 30, 2008: the California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's decision taking away the emotional distress damages verdict in favor of four teenager girls, reinstating the verdicts as to these amounts. To review the Court of Appeal's (unpublished) decision overturning the trial court's decision, in part, click here. The case was also the subject of the very first PBS NOW television special, which takes an in-depth look at issues facing women in the workplace.
2002: Before the Ultrastar case, a San Diego jury rendered a $30.6 Million to six clients in another sexual harassment case, Gober v. Ralphs Grocery Company. The women's store director had harassed them for years, while their employer, Ralphs Grocery Company, a subsidiary of grocery giant Kroger, knowingly allowed the sexual harassment to continue. The $30 million sexual harassment jury verdict was the focus of nationwide media attention, resulting in a featured segment on ABC Primetime and covered in a Los Angeles Times article on workplace sexual harassment. The case was appealed by both sides, resulting in a published opinion by the Court of Appeal. After Ralphs petitioned to the California Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal issued a second opinion. Click here to read the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One's first opinion in Gober v. Ralphs Grocery Company regarding sexual harassment and punitive damages and the order modifying the decision (in Adobe portable document format--for a free copy of Adobe Reader, visit Adobe). Click here to read the Court of Appeal's second opinion dealing with motions for new trial and JNOV, sexual harassment and punitive damages and the order modifying it. Click here to read the most recent opinion dealing with punitive damages in sexual harassment cases, review of punitive damages awards by way of motion for JNOV and motions for new trial.
One or more of our attorneys have prosecuted sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and/or whistleblower cases against some of the world's largest and most high profile companies, including, but not limited to, Sony Electronics Inc. (Sony), AIG Annuity Insurance Company (AIG), Veritas, Denny's (Highgrove Restaurants), Ralphs Grocery Company (Kroger), Bank of America, Home Depot, Applebee's (Calabee's / Applebay East), Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM Aero), Wyndham Resorts, Century 21 (Award, Inc.), Arnel Management Company, Certified Grocers of California, Westin Hotels (Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.), El Torito Restaurants (Acapulco), Suresh Shah, Lowe's Home Improvement, City of Pasadena, AT&T, Classic Party Rentals, Banwait Petroleum, Equity Residential, UltraStar Cinemas (Movie Theater Entertainment Group), Bally's Total Fitness, DaimlerChrysler, Century 21 Award, Holiday Inn (Barney Hospitality Group), Cohen Financial, Equity Residential, Crocker Global Logistics, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Heartland Payment Systems and LA Fitness.
The sexual harassment lawyers at www.nosexualharassment.com also handle cases of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination based upon sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, medical condition, or other protected category, such as opposing or complaining about illegal activity in the workplace. Our attorneys serve virtually all of California, including but not limited to, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego.
On August 15, 2013, Attorney Jason Oliver was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of "Employment Law - Individuals"
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