March 13, 2014

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Summary Judgment Win for Employer in Wrongful Termination/Harassment Case

Payne & Fears LLP won a wrongful termination case by obtaining summary judgment for its clients, a publicly-traded employer and an individual manager, in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In Santoria Bell v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. et al., the plaintiff alleged that Payne & Fears’ clients had harassed and discriminated against her, and had ultimately discharged her after she made complaints. In a motion for summary judgment, Payne & Fears presented evidence establishing that no harassment had occurred, that the plaintiff had been treated no differently from any other employee, and that the plaintiff was actually discharged for failing to meet legitimate performance standards. The Court granted summary judgment for the defendants on all claims, finding no triable issues. Jeff Brown and Alex Ruiz defended the case for the successful employer and manager.