March 14, 2014

Won Whistleblower Suit for Aerospace Manufacturer

Payne & Fears LLP obtained summary judgment on behalf of its client, a major aerospace manufacturer, with regard to a purported whistleblower suit brought in Orange County Superior Court and removed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  The plaintiff, a former employee and registered nurse, claimed that she had been terminated in retaliation for her complaints about other employees who allegedly failed to appear for their scheduled health exams according to company policy.  Payne & Fears LLP obtained summary judgment based upon the plaintiff’s admissions at deposition, along with declarations from key witnesses, which established that the plaintiff had not engaged in any legally protected activity prior to her termination, and that the plaintiff had no evidence to support her claim that the company’s stated reason for her termination was pretext for retaliation.  Daniel F. Fears, Laura Fleming and Laura B. Chaimowitz handled the defense of this case.