Calif. Firing Motive Ruling Could Deflate Worker Suits

Law360, San Diego (February 07, 2013, 10:13 PM ET) -- 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...
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