PRICE OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF ORANGE COUNTY IN FEDERAL AND STATE DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION CASE.

On January 28, 2020, Natalie Price obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Orange in a federal and state law discrimination and retaliation case, Vanessa Hamilton v. Orange County Sheriff’s Department, brought by a former Sheriff’s Department employee. Plaintiff argued that she was selected to work a mandatory overtime shift on account of her race and her previous lawsuit against the County (which LBAC also prevailed on summary judgment in September, 2018). Plaintiff further argued that, when she refused to work the mandatory overtime shift, the Department’s decision to terminate her was pretextual and racial discrimination and retaliation were the true motives. Ms. Price argued that Plaintiff had no evidence to support her contentions and that, even if there was some evidence, the indisputable evidence was that the Department terminated her because she failed to report for a mandatory overtime shift and she was untruthful with her supervisors and during the Internal Affairs investigation. Furthermore, even if Plaintiff could dispute the Department’s lawful reasons for terminating her employment, the County was still entitled to summary judgment because Plaintiff could not establish that the County had a policy or custom of discrimination or retaliation.

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