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Jury Awards $185 Million in Punitive Damages Against AutoZone in Gender/Pregnancy Discrimination

Joseph Minioza

A federal jury in San Diego recently awarded $185 million in punitive damages to a former employee of the AutoZone, who had sued AutoZone for sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of California state law. The jury also awarded $872,000 in compensatory damages to the plaintiff, Rosario Juarez. [Juarez v. AutoZone; Case No. 3:08-CV-00417] After two weeks of testimony, the jury unanimously found AutoZone liable for gender/pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent harassment.
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Join Maribel Hernandez on the “Your Legal Rights” Radio Show

Maribel Hernandez

Tune into KALW at 91.7 FM, “Your Legal Rights,” show on December 10, 2014 between 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Maribel Hernandez, an attorney in our Fresno office, joined with her colleague from the State Bar Labor and Employment Executive Committee, will be responding and addressing callers’ questions related to Leave of Absences under the Family Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act and Pregnancy Leave Act. You can also sign in at www.kalw.org to listen.
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Nathaniel Lucey and Von Reyes Prevail in Six Day Bench Trial

Nathaniel Lucey
Von Reyes

Senior Associate Nathaniel Lucey and Partner Von Reyes have obtained a defense verdict in a six day bench trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court. In the case of Diri v. Nuovo plaintiff/buyer Diri sued seller/defendant Nuovo for Fraud, Breach of Contract and Negligence in connection with the 2010 purchase of an 85 year old home in Willow Glen, California. Plaintiff Diri claimed that the seller had failed to disclose numerous problems with the home, including serious structural issues, a sagging roof and a collapsing garage.
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Maribel Hernandez from Ericksen Arbuthnot to Participate in Discussion on Diversity in the Workplace and Harassment

Maribel Hernandez

Radio station KALW and 15 other radio stations regularly broadcast "Your Legal Rights," a show in which callers can ask questions of attorneys with expertise in different areas of the law. On October 29, 2014, from 7 to 8 p.m., Maribel Hernandez, an attorney in the Fresno office, will participate in the program “Stopping Workplace Harassment Because of Race, National Origin or Religion.”
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