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May 2010 Archives

Grady and Associates Wins Reinstatement for a Wrongfully Discharged Community College District Tenured Professor

In a significant victory potentially applicable to many other California community college faculty members, Attorneys Dennis Grady and Kenneth Baisch of the Grady and Associates Law Firm have won reinstatement of a wrongfully discharged Community College professor.  Sam Farahani, a tenured professor of international relations and public policy, was fired by San Diego Community College District in violation of his due process rights under the California Education Code.  After he was fired, Grady and Associates filed suit (a Writ of Mandate) in San Diego Superior Court seeking his reinstatement.  The court ordered Mr. Farahani reinstated with full back pay, seniority and benefits.  San Diego Community College then appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeals which upheld the Superior Court's decision.  Mr. Farahani was reinstated to work with the San Diego Community College District with full back pay, seniority benefits and attorneys' fees.  Farahani v San Diego Community College District, et al., California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Case No. DO54087 (2010).

Deaf State Employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against CA

Several deaf and hard-of-hearing state employees have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against the state of California alleging pervasive discrimination in the workplace. Seven state employees are named as plaintiffs and the lawsuit seeks class action status. The plaintiffs claim that the state has violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The discrimination lawsuit seeks improvement to the state procedures for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and attorney fees.

Arguments Heard Wednesday in Google Age Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court of California heard arguments today in San Francisco in an age discrimination case against Google. Brian Reid brought the age discrimination lawsuit against his former employer alleging that he was wrongfully terminated because he didn't fit in with the youth-centric culture at Google. The state's high court is not deciding whether Reid was discriminated against, but whether Reid's case presents enough evidence to go to trial.

California Man Sues Former Employer for Wrongful Termination

The Court of Appeals of California made a decision filed last week in a California wrongful termination case. The appellant, Diaz, was fired from his job as a trucker for Central Freight Lines, Inc. in 2007.

California Court Rules Out Wrongful Termination in Law Firm Case

A California court's summary judgment was filed on Wednesday in regards to a wrongful termination case against a San Francisco law firm. Appellant Sandra Chew's accusations of wrongful termination following the April 4, 2007 loss of her job has met defeat--twice.

Sexual Harassment Suit Filed in California Against Steven Seagal

Star of the film "Under Siege," Steven Seagal is now under some serious legal scrutiny. A California civil suit alleging sexual harassment has been filed against him, putting his new reality show, "Lawman," on hold.

Revisiting Medical Marijuana and Employment in California

A recent decision by the Oregon Supreme Court empowered businesses in the state to strictly enforce their zero-tolerance drug policies against those who use medical marijuana. Specifically, the court found that "Under Oregon's employment discrimination laws, employers are not required to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana."

Federal Appeals Court Certifies Wal-Mart Discrimination Suit

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, recently ruled that the class action discrimination lawsuit against retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. can move forward. Specifically, the court granted class certification, meaning the lawsuit can be brought as a class action because it met a set of rather strict requirements under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.