Calif. Firing Motive Ruling Could Deflate Worker Suits
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (February 7, 2013, 10:13 PM EST) -- In a closely watched decision in favor of the city of Santa Monica, the California Supreme Court held Thursday that employers can’t be on the hook for damages when discrimination factors into a termination if the worker would have been fired anyway for a legitimate reason, a ruling that could quash discrimination, wrongful firing and whistleblower retaliation suits across the state, attorneys say.
The state's high court ruled 6-0 that even if plaintiffs have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that discrimination was a...