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.