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Fast Food Leader Aggressively Defeats Discrimination Claims

Our client, a prominent player in the fast food industry, was sued for various forms of discrimination by a disgruntled former employee.  The plaintiff improvidently chose to sue an individual supervisor as well.  CDF represented both the employer and the supervisor and led the defense of the case, which included numerous...
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Defense Verdict in Arbitration for Insurance Co. in Discrimination Case

Our client, a global insurance industry leader, was sued in California state court by a former employee for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, gender discrimination and harassment, and for retaliation.  CDF successfully compelled the matter to binding arbitration, which abbreviated discovery, reduced the cost of litigation, and expedited resolution of the...
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Draft Handbook Policy to Allow Employees to Use Social Networking Sites

A client wanted to allow its employees to use social networking sites to build its business.  The company did have concerns that its employees would misuse the sites to defame the company or fellow employees.  Advised company on drafting an electronic communications and social networking policy that allowed employees to use...
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Investigation Quickly Resolves Disability Discrimination Claim Against Grocer

A regional grocery chain faced a claim from a former employee that it discriminated against him because of his disability.  CDF deposed the plaintiff and conducted an investigation which led to a negotiated favorable settlement for our client.
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Alleged Class Action Against Construction Co. Resolved Before Certification

A regional, family-owned construction company faced claims that it did not pay its employees for all the time they worked and did not provide them with meal and rest breaks. After CDF took the plaintiffs' depositions and investigated their claims, the business sought a prompt settlement and CDF negotiated a favorable...
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Dismissal of Nationwide Wage Claims Against National Retailer Before Certification

A national retailer faced claims that tens of thousands of it employees worked off-the- clock and were therefore owed money.  CDF argued the motion for summary judgment and the trial court dismissed plaintiffs’ claims before they were certified as a class.
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Sexual Harassment Case Against Retail Grocery Chain Defeated in Arbitration

A deli worker for a large Northern California retail grocer sued her manager and the store for sexual harassment, battery and retaliation, demanding lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages.  Mid-way through the litigation, the plaintiff was persuaded to resolve her claims before a privately selected arbitrator.  After a week-long arbitration,...
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Liability Dramatically Reduced at Trial for Healthcare Providers

A terminated nurse anesthetist sued a surgery center and its chief of anesthesia claiming breach of contract, defamation, and interference with prospective economic advantage.  On the eve of trial, the plaintiff demanded a quarter of a million dollars in settlement.  Defendants countered with an offer of $25,000.  Further settlement talks were...
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Laboratory Secures Summary Judgment in Wrongful Termination Action

A human resources manager sued her former employer, a scientific company that produces and markets antibodies, for wrongful termination, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud under Labor Code section 970.  After completing discovery, the defendant moved for summary judgment.  The court granted the motion.  In...
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Business Fraud Claims Against Mortgage Company Rejected by Judge

A real estate investor sued a mortgage banker and its chief executive officer for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty. The plaintiff, who was seeking $500,000 in damages, brushed off the defendant’s $20,000 settlement offer and chose to go to trial.  At the end of a 12-day bench trial,...
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Withering Cross Examination Nets Favorable Settlement and Mid-Trial Dismissal

A female assistant store manager terminated for performance-related reasons sued her employer, a national auto parts retailer, and two of her male superiors for sexual harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation.  On the third day of the jury trial, the plaintiff finished testifying on direct examination, and her cross examination...
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Healthcare Co. Secures Defense Verdict in Wrongful Termination Claims

A terminated payroll and benefits coordinator sued a health system that owns and operates hospitals throughout the United States for wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge in violation of public policy.  The plaintiff claimed that her support for a co-worker, who had a pending sexual harassment lawsuit against the hospital, resulted in...
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Govt. Agency’s Dismissal of Gender Discrimination Claims Upheld on Appeal

Our client, a governmental agency, terminated the only three men in its small workforce on the same day and faced allegations that a female supervisor discriminated against the men because of their gender. CDF drafted a motion for summary judgment, which was granted on all of the claims, and subsequently the...
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Global Engineering Firm Secures Verdict Ending Age Discrimination Suit

A 50-year-old urban planner who was terminated by a worldwide engineering firm sued for age discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of implied contract, and discharge in violation of public policy. After waging battle with two experienced and aggressive plaintiffs’ lawyers, the 10-day jury trial ended in a unanimous verdict for the defendant.
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Plaintiff Dismisses Case After Being Stung with Discovery Sanctions

A computer programmer terminated for performance-related reasons sued his employer, a technology services company, for national origin discrimination, defamation, misrepresentation, interference with contract, and unpaid overtime.  When the plaintiff refused to comply fully with CDF’s aggressive discovery, CDF obtained a court order compelling discovery and assessing substantial monetary sanctions against the...
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