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 began.  After two days of intense questioning, the plaintiff and her counsel asked the court for a recess.  In proceedings outside the jury’s presence, plaintiff agreed to dismiss her case in exchange for the defendant waiving its court costs and any future claim against her for malicious prosecution.


Superior Court of California, County of Tehama


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