$499,000 for Sexual and Racial Harassment, Disability Discrimination, and Retaliation
Two months after the employee filed a DFEH sexual harassment and race discrimination complaint (with the company doing no investigation), he developed injuries that kept him from being able to do his customary job duties (which included driving and lifting heavy objects) and constituted a disability. Instead of giving the injured employee the same “light desk work” accommodation that all other injured employees had received in the past, or even discussing the issue (engaging in the interactive process, which California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act requires), the abusive manager told the employee “We have nothing for you; now get the fuck out of here.” An HR representative refused one requested accommodation because he worried it might result in new injury claims (which also is disability discrimination). The company person in charge of workers compensation claims considered these views and issued the last word: “Let him sit at home.” This forced the middle-
The victim hired Los Angeles employment trial lawyer Jeffrey Cowan of The Cowan Law Firm. After the employer rejected pre-
The defendant tried to have most of the lawsuit dismissed on summary adjudication. Mr. Cowan beat those motions. With trial approaching, the employer reconsidered its position. The lawsuit settled for $499,000.
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