CHOI AND PRICE PREVAIL IN COURT OF APPEAL IN FEHA DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION ACTION

On July 29, 2020, following oral argument by Natalie Price, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision affirming summary judgment in favor of the County of Orange in Vanessa Hamilton v. Orange County Sheriff’s Department, a FEHA employment action alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. Plaintiff, who had been dismissed from the Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Academy for dishonesty and significant performance deficiencies, claimed that her dismissal had been racially motivated. The trial court found no evidence of any improper motive or racial bias, and the Court of Appeal agreed that the substantial record clearly established that the challenged dismissal had been based on legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, thereby barring Plaintiff’s claims in their entirety.

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