Eldessouky Law Releases Study Showing Discrimination, Harassment, & Wrongful Termination as Leading Causes of Employment Litigation in California

May 22, 2024

Los Angeles, California – A comprehensive study released by Eldessouky Law has revealed that discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination are the primary drivers of employment litigation in California, emphasizing the critical role of hiring an experienced lawyer in these complex cases.

The exploration into recent verdicts across the Golden State indicates a pattern of emotional distress and economic damages being awarded to plaintiffs, spotlighting the legal intricacies and the emotional toll on employees involved in workplace disputes.

Amid the array of lawsuits filed against employers, claims of discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation are prevalent. Similarly, harassment allegations, often related to creating hostile work environments, and wrongful terminations, including retaliatory or discriminatory dismissals, constitute a significant portion of legal battles.

In terms of compensation, plaintiffs in employment lawsuits can expect two primary forms of damages. Economic damages account for quantifiable losses such as lost wages and medical expenses, while non-economic damages encompass subjective harm like pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Together, these awards aim to address both the financial and personal impacts of workplace violations.

Despite the eye-catching emotional distress awards in recent verdicts, data suggests that fewer than 5 percent of employment law cases in California actually reach a jury verdict. This statistic underscores the importance of skilled litigation attorneys who can effectively advocate for their clients’ rights and navigate the legal proceedings to secure just compensation.

Jury decisions in these cases hinge on various factors, including the presentation of evidence, witness credibility, and the perceived sense of justice. Litigation attorneys, therefore, play a crucial role in assembling compelling narratives and presenting robust arguments in court.

The study also distinguishes between the responsibilities of transactional attorneys, who focus on preventing legal disputes through contract drafting and ensuring regulatory compliance, and litigation attorneys, who represent clients in court when disputes arise.

Noteworthy recent verdicts in California employment law highlighted in Eldessouky Law’s report include Lizarraga v. Loma Linda University Medical Center with a combined $2.9 million in damages, Khan v. Hologram USA, Inc. awarding $8 million for emotional distress, and Diaz v. Tesla, Inc., which resulted in $6.9 million for emotional distress damages, among others. These cases illustrate the severity with which juries view infractions of employment law and the substantial awards given as both compensation and deterrent.

Eldessouky Law’s analysis offers crucial insights for employees navigating the complexities of employment disputes in California. For those experiencing discrimination, harassment, or wrongful termination, the study underscores the necessity of consulting with experienced litigation attorneys to explore legal options and champion employee rights in the face of workplace misconduct.

San Bernardino County Superior Court
Lizarraga v. Loma Linda University Medical Center
Case No. CIVDS1615889

Los Angeles Superior Court
Khan v. Hologram USA, Inc.
Case No. BC654017

Los Angeles County Superior Courts
Hernandez v. VMS Autobody
Case No. BC717285

Los Angeles County Superior Courts
Rudnicki v. Farmer’s Insurance
Case No. B321691

United States District Court Northern District of California
Diaz v. Tesla, Inc.
Case No. 23-3642

At Eldessouky Law our attorneys have delivered excellent results repeatedly. As a full-service litigation law firm our attorneys are fully prepared to handle all aspects of litigation.  While early resolution is always explored, we never undervalue our client’s cases. If we believe that justice will best be served through a jury trial, that is exactly what we do.

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