The teachers at a prominent California charter school voted to decertify the United Teachers of Los Angeles as their union. We represented the teachers in successfully opposing the union’s objections to the election. The union’s objections alleged unlawful coercion by lead teachers during the campaign. We submitted briefing challenging the supervisory status of lead teachers and lack of coerciveness of their alleged statements. The California Public Employee Relations Board declined to decide on the supervisory status of lead teachers but still found in favor of the teachers, dismissing the union’s objections. The union declined to appeal the ruling and issued a disclaimer of interest, resulting in a major victory for the teachers at the charter school.
Plaintiff, the former President of our client Kenko International and a 25 year employee, alleged ten causes of action including age discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, and breach of contract. He brought these claims against three different defendants under a joint employer theory of liability between the parent and subsidiary corporations. The case included significant amounts of discovery, including five sessions of plaintiff’s deposition and four defense depositions, one of which occurred in Japan. Plaintiff was represented by Shegerian & Associates and refused to resolve the case for anything less than $10 million.
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.