Three Consecutive California Trial Verdicts in Last Year


Jury Delivers Complete Defense Verdict in Disability Discrimination Suit

On February 20, 2019, Messner Reeves Partners Charles Cavanagh and Kathleen Mowry prevailed with a complete defense verdict after the jury trial of an employment discrimination suit in a Los Angeles federal court. This is the fourth consecutive jury trial win in California for Charles Cavanagh, and the third in less than a year.

The plaintiff alleged the company wrongfully terminated her for taking a leave of absence after an unfortunate miscarriage. The company terminated the plaintiff after she failed to return to work following an approved leave of absence (that exceeded the minimum duration required by law). The plaintiff also refused to accept the company’s offer of reapplying and returning without any loss of seniority or benefits once she felt ready to return to work.

After less than 5 hours of deliberation, the jury delivered a complete defense verdict.

Last August, Cavanagh and Mowry prevailed in another California federal lawsuit concerning an age discrimination/failure to hire claim.

Last March, Cavanagh and Partner Amish Shah prevailed in a California state court jury trial of an employment action, including claims for harassment, disability, discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation.


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