VIOLATION OF GOVT. CODE 12950.1
Under California Law, ABC Automobiles is subject to Government Code section 12950.1 (a) which requires the following :
“By January 1, 2006, an employer having 50 or more employees shall provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees who are employed as of July 1, 2005, and to all new supervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position.”
ABC Automobiles violated this statute; it did not provide the two hours of sexual harassment training to Bill Armstrong, David Stevens, or anyone else at its Sacramento location until after May 2, 2006
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Incredibly, David Stevens was named Employee of the Year by ABC Automobiles despite all the company knew about him. He received the award in early 2006, approximately four months before he was finally terminated for years of sexual harassment. It is believed that one reason he got the award was because he and Bill Armstrong had set up the computers used by some of the females in their office so that the women had to use Mr. Stevens’ name to log on and do work. Thus, he got the credit for much of the work performed by those female employees.
One can only imagine how Ms. White and Ms. Black and the rest of the females in the Sacramento location felt when, despite all the sexual harassment, and despite all the complaints to Regional Director Bill Armstrong and the San Francisco corporate headquarters, ABC Automobiles named David Stevens Employee of the Year.
As a result of the above, all four plaintiffs suffered economic damages, primarily for lost wages while they looked for new employment. The economic damages for the group are estimated to total approximately $100,000.00.
In addition, plaintiffs are entitled to attorney fees. The attorney fees to date total approximately $40,000.00. If this case goes to trial, attorney Moseley Collins will associate with three additional lawyers so that each plaintiff will have her own lawyer. It is estimated that the attorney fees after trial will be in excess of $500,000.00.
In addition, plaintiffs seek general damages. And finally, plaintiffs seek punitive damages from ABC Automobiles.
Plaintiffs offer to globally settle their case for $687,500.00. In exchange, plaintiffs will provide a full release to both ABC Automobiles and Bill Armstrong. Plaintiffs will pay their own attorney fees and costs. Plaintiffs will also provide ABC Automobiles with a confidentiality statement.
This offer will terminate and expire at 4 p.m. on April 23, 2008.
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.