March 13, 2014

Obtained Summary Judgment Win for Employer in Wrongful Termination/Disability Discrimination Case

Payne & Fears LLP won a wrongful termination case by obtaining summary judgment for its client, a nationwide retail department store, in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  The plaintiff, a former manager, alleged that his employer violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Family Rights Act by terminating his employment days after he returned to work from a medical leave.  In its motion for summary judgment, Payne & Fears argued that there was no causal nexus between plaintiff’s termination and his disability and medical leave, and that the employer terminated plaintiff’s employment for legitimate business reasons unrelated to any medical leave issues.  The Court granted summary judgment for the defendant on all claims, finding no triable issues.  Leila Narvid defended the case for the successful employer.