A manager of our client, an international freight forwarding company, was selected for termination as part of a company-wide layoff. The plaintiff was selected for termination because of his short time with the company, his supervisor’s ability to absorb his job duties and poor performance. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against his former employer alleging six causes of action, for (1) wrongful termination; (2) disability discrimination; (3) failure to engage in the interactive process; (4) failure to accommodate disability; (5) religious discrimination; and (6) failure to reimburse business expenses. The plaintiff alleged that he was perceived to be disabled by his employer because of the obvious physical signs of his poor mental and physical condition. He contends that the employer failed to engage in the interactive process with him and to accommodate his disability and ultimately terminated him as a result of his disability. Additionally, the plaintiff alleged that once he disclosed that he was born in Tel Aviv, Israel to his supervisor, the supervisor began to discriminate against him on the basis of his religion. Finally, the plaintiff sought reimbursement of purported business expenses.
We recently obtained a unanimous defense verdict in an Ohio state trial court on behalf of a large construction client following a multi-day jury trial in a hotly contested case that presented significant exposure to our client, including the possibility of lifetime permanent disability payments that could have totaled well over $500,000.