Calif. Firing Motive Case Could Ease Burden On Plaintiffs

Law360, San Diego (December 3, 2012, 10:20 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether companies in employment discrimination disputes can use a “mixed-motive” defense claiming they would have fired or disciplined a worker regardless of an alleged discriminatory reason, and a decision rejecting the defense could make it much easier for plaintiffs to prove their cases at trial, lawyers said.

The state high court is set to hear oral arguments in a former bus driver’s discrimination case under the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act alleging the city of Santa Monica, Calif.,...
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