A Los Angeles company hired our client to work as an in-house recruiter. After one week of employment, he received an email stating that the company was rejecting a female job candidate he had submitted because the vice president wanted to hire a man. Our client sent an email objecting to the instruction, citing the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace and asking what the job's requirements were. He also confronted the vice president in person. The company fired our client a week later. Although the company told our client he was being laid off for “economic reasons" and was eligible for re-hire, the company told others that he had been fired for performance reasons. Our client was unable to find comparable work and also suffered depression (a condition that runs in his family).
California Employment Civil Rights Statute Violation
Los Angeles employment lawyer Jeffrey Cowan sued the company for unlawful retaliation under California's employment civil rights statute, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). During discovery, the company could not get its story straight about why it fired our client or who made the decision to do so. It also was caught (a) trying to hide a key witness and (b) trying to tamper with her testimony before she could be subpoenaed for a deposition. Jeffrey Cowan filed a special motion for discovery sanctions and an instruction to the jury about the company's misconduct and the inferences that could be drawn from it. The judge, Hon. Robert Hess, hinted that he was going to grant the motion and then deferred ruling on it. The lawsuit then settled just two weeks before trial for $468,000.
In-House Recruiter Discrimination
Call Los Angeles Employment Lawyer Jeffrey Cowan at (310) 394-1420 for more information about filing a lawsuit if you feel like you have been discriminated against while being hired as an in-house recruiter.
Los Angeles Unlawful Retaliation Lawsuit Settlement | Attorney Jeffrey Cowan