The following blog entry is written from a defendant’s position as trial approaches. Reviewing this kind of briefing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.
(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this sexual harassment case and its proceedings.)
Major Evidentiary Issues
Defendants intend to file a number of motions in limine directed at Hill’s anticipated evidence. Defendants anticipate the following major evidentiary issues:
Plaintiff may not offer evidence of speech or conduct that was not directed at her or other female employees. Plaintiff apparently hopes to prove her harassment claims with evidence that Lee engaged in vulgar banter with his female, non-employee friends, that Hill overheard and by which she was offended. However, Hill cannot rely on such evidence because it is (1) irrelevant to her harassment claim under Lyle v. Warner Brothers because it was not directed at her or other female employees “because of” gender, and was welcomed by (and non-harassing of) the women to whom the speech was directed; and (2) Lee’s non-directed speech is protected by his right of free speech, particularly where some of the speech occurred at social dinners and outside of the workplace.
Further, see Title 2, California Code of Regulations 7287.6 (DFEH’s regulations provide that the rights of free speech and association shall be accommodated consistently with the intent of this subsection. ); DeAngelis, 51 F.3d at 596-97; Saxe, 240 F.3d at 204, 206. For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins. (See Part 9 of 10.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.