March 13, 2014

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

Payne & Fears LLP obtained a summary judgment in favor of its client, a major national education provider, in a wrongful termination action before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff, a former employee of Payne & Fears’ client, alleged that the employer had violated the Family Medical and Leave Act and wrongfully terminated her in violation of public policy.  In its motion for summary judgment, Payne & Fears LLP presented evidence on behalf of her employer showing that it had complied fully with its obligations under the FMLA, and that it had terminated the plaintiff’s employment for legitimate reasons unrelated to any family or medical leave issues. The District Court granted summary judgment in the employer’s favor on all claims, including the employer’s counterclaim to recover overpaid wages from the plaintiff. Jeff Brown and Alex Ruiz defended the case for the successful employer.