A previously dismissed lawsuit has been successfully appealed in California and will begin again soon.
The case involves a Bakersfield, California-based lawyer who allegedly harassed former employees and was discriminatory in letting one go. The lawsuit was filed by the ex-employee, who claims the lawyer used derogatory terms toward her and other workers. Furthermore, she feels she was fired after just eight months on the job because of her race.
The lawyer appealed the lawsuit initially, claiming that, because he runs seminars on sexual harassment, there was no way he would be guilty of such actions or allow them in his office.
The case was initially dismissed by the jury when the defendant's lawyer alerted them to the fact that the suit should be about the lawyer's actions toward the plaintiff, not how he interacted with other employees.
The 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno reversed the jury's verdict and motioned for another trial.
The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding any actions that are illegal or even close to being discriminatory, as expensive professional liability lawsuits may arise.