Defense Verdict Obtained in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
A commissioned salesperson employed for two months by our client, a technology products company, sued in California state court alleging that her pregnancy was a motivating reason to include her in a layoff of 13 employees following an abrupt decline in revenues during the California state budget crisis. We established that the company’s officers placed the plaintiff’s name on the layoff list more than two weeks before learning of the plaintiff’s pregnancy. Nonetheless, the plaintiff claimed she was treated adversely on account of her pregnancy and then laid off after being told the company could not afford to invest in her because of her pregnancy and uncertainty about whether she would return to work, a statement the company denied.
The plaintiff sought more than $500,000 in economic damages, plus noneconomic and punitive damages. After a six-day trial an Orange County jury issued a complete defense verdict on all of the plaintiff’s claims.