Disability Discrimination Claim Dismissed at Summary Judgment

When our client terminated an employee after she was on a final warning for violating company policy, the former employer filed a lawsuit for disability discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation, and infliction of emotional distress under California law.  The former employee had previously suffered carpal tunnel syndrome, but had since recovered and was working without restriction at the time her employment was terminated.  CDF aggressively disposed of the case by deposing plaintiff and forcing her to admit facts that demonstrated her alleged disability did not limit any major life activity.  Armed with such admissions, CDF filed a summary judgment motion, which was granted in its entirety.  The case was dismissed with prejudice as the court found, among other things, that Plaintiff failed to establish that she was a qualified person with a disability at the time of the alleged discrimination.


United States District Court, Central District of California


Leigh A. White

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