Saturday, March 10, 2007, 09:53 AM - Personal injury and WCBoxer & Gerson LLP lawyers recently settled an employment discrimination lawsuit against the City Of Emeryville for $3.6 million.
Boxer & Gerson LLP partner Leslie Levy and associate Darci Burrell represented the plaintiff in the case, which is one of the largest employment law recoveries against a public entity in California history. The case, Leslie Pollard vs. City of Emeryville, is a major milestone in California employment law.
Ms. Pollard, a longtime employee of the city of Emeryville (a small city wedged between Berkeley and Oakland, directly across from the Golden Gate), had complained to her employer about racial comments and harassment by a co-worker. Emeryville's response was to force Ms. Pollard to undergo a psychiatric "fitness for duty" exam. Thereafter, she was pulled off the job. In essence, the employer attempted to retaliate against and get rid of her.
To read The San Francisco Chronicle account of the case, click here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... =printable
The East Bay Business Times version of the case can be accessed here:
http://eastbay.bizjournals.com/eastbay/ ... =printable
This case is a good illustration of why workers should seek top-quality legal advice. Employment law is complicated. California workers' compensation is generally an "exclusive remedy" (i.e. you cannot sue your employer in most circumstances, and you are generally limited to workers' comp, which does not provide for full wage loss or damages). However, there are exceptions to this rule where there is discrimination because of race, sex, age, disability, and so forth. In those cases, a civil damages lawsuit may be a viable option.
Hats off to Leslie Levy and Darci Burrell for groundbreaking representation of California workers. We are very proud of their work at Boxer and Gerson LLP.
Thursday, January 25, 2007, 07:01 AM - Personal injury and WCGreat article in this week's business section of the Contra Costa Times... it features Gary Barkley Roth, Boxer & Gerson's newest personal injury trial lawyer.
Gary Roth was a successful trial lawyer (with a track record of several multi-million dollar trial verdicts) in New Orleans before the hurricane. Katrina wiped out his home. He (and his parents) lost their homes, and several relatives perished.
To read about Gary's compelling story in the Contra Costa Times piece, click here:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cct ... 532860.htm
Gary Roth will be handling third party civil personal injury cases at Boxer & Gerson.