Complete Defense Verdict Obtained for Housing Authority in Discrimination, Retaliation Case
Our client the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles terminated its former assistant executive director's employment as a result of alleged improprieties regarding her dealings with a consultant. She sued in California state court claiming she was terminated and harassed because of her race, her gender and because she complained about discrimination and possible illegal gifts of public funds. The plaintiff sought an estimated $6 million in compensatory damages, penalties, attorney's fees and costs in her suit. After an eight-week jury trial in downtown Los Angeles, the jury returned a verdict for the Housing Authority on all of the plaintiff’s remaining claims, finding that she was not terminated due to her race, gender or because of any alleged complaints about discrimination or the use of funds by the Authority. The court previously granted our motion for a directed verdict on the plaintiff’s harassment claims. The Housing Authority was also awarded its costs of litigation.