On Oct. 2, a California appellate court upheld a previous ruling in a racial discrimination case and affirmed the almost $1 million award to the plaintiff. The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento found that the jury’s decision in 2011 was based on a reasonable suspicion that some of the testimony of the defendant’s witnesses was inconsistent and false.
After a black female psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was fired in 2007, she filed a lawsuit claiming that her termination was based on race discrimination. During the trial, witnesses for the department apparently contradicted each other on important facts in the case. Though the deaprtment argued that the firing was for insubordination, jurors found the testimony to not be credible because of its inconsistency.
In the 16-page decision, the appeals court upheld the award of $945,480 in damages to the plaintiff. An attorney for the plaintiff says that she has been unable to secure another job in a prison as a result of being fired from the department. Previously, the woman had worked for various prisons beginning in 2000. After hearing the verdict in the appeal, a spokesperson for the department stated that the department disagreed with the outcome and was exploring its options.
A person who is the victim of wrongful termination in the workplace may suffer extensive financial damages as he or she is unable to secure further employment. An employment law attorney may be able to help a person in this situation to pursue reimbursement for those damages by filing a workplace discrimination lawsuit.
Source: The Republic, “Appeals court upholds nearly $1 million racial discrimination ruling against prison system”, Don Thompson, October 03, 2014