When our client, a Fortune 500 provider of internet and cable services, terminated the employment of a software engineer for job abandonment, the former employee immediately filed a multi-claim civil action alleging racial harassment, disability discrimination, negligent supervision, wrongful termination and breach of contract. While questioning him during deposition, which was conducted through a translator, we obtained crucial admissions. Those admissions, combined with key documentary evidence, resulted in summary dismissal of all claims. Faced with the threat that we would seek his share of the $10,000 statutory costs, as well as a portion of approximately $75,000 in attorneys’ fees, the plaintiff paid $15,000 to our client, rather than face a motion for fees and a cost bill request.
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara