On September 7, 2010, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel discharged a restaurant hostess for failing a post-accident alcohol test. The union representing the employee argued that just cause for discharge did not exist because the employee thought she was off duty, and could…

On June 22, 2010, Founding Partner Ken Ballard and Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a Chicago, Illinois hotel. The hotel leased part of the ground floor to a third party to operate a small non-union coffee shop. The union representing the hotel’s employees grieved the hotel’s actions and sought…

On April 27, 2010, Linda Miller Savitt and Linda B. Hurevitz received a defense verdict in Maria Mendoza v. ABM Industries, Inc., and ABM Janitorial Services. The plaintiff, the former Regional Director of Human Resources for ABM Janitorial Services – Southwest Region, a subsidiary of ABM Industries, Inc. claimed that she had been wrongfully terminated…

On April 21, 2010, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a limited service hotel in Detroit, Michigan. The hotel discharged an engineer for making threats and directing vulgar remarks toward his manager and another employee. The union representing the engineer grieved the discharge, arguing that he was engaged in protected…

In April, 2010, Partner Linda Miller Savitt, Senior Counsel Elsa Bañuelos, and Associate Vicky Lin obtained summary judgment in Hopwood v. Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC400240). The plaintiff claimed he was discriminated against based on his race, sex, and disability and that he was retaliated against for complaining…

In February 2010, Partner Linda Miller Savitt and Senior Counsel Christine Hoeffner obtained affirmance by the Court of Appeal of an order granting a summary judgment motion which was drafted by Partner Jonathan Rosenberg. Sasaki-Hayward v. The Regents of the University of California (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 359240) was complex disability discrimination…

In February 2010, Partner John B. Golper and Senior Counsel Elsa Bañuelos and John J. Manier won another motion to compel arbitration on behalf of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. The court in Salas v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. CV 09-7739 GHK (AJWx)) ruled that the collective bargaining agreement between the Company…

In January 2010, Partner Linda Miller Savitt, Senior Counsel Elsa Bañuelos, and Associate Vicky Lin obtained summary judgment in Cheathem v. Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC398268). The plaintiff claimed she was discriminated against based on race, age, and sex and subjected to a retaliatory termination for complaining about…

In January 2010, Partners Linda Miller Savitt and Eric Schwettmann obtained summary judgment in Underwood v. Health Net, et. al. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 397752). The African-American plaintiff claimed he was discriminated against, retaliated against, and harassed by his Caucasian supervisor on the basis of race and gender. He also claimed that…

On January 5, 2010, Partner Matt Wakefield and Senior Counsel Katherine Hren received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a boutique hotel in Beverly Hills. The hotel discharged a 30-year housekeeping employee after she refused to perform her job duties for approximately two hours. The union representing the employee grieved the discharge, arguing that…

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