California Supreme Court To Review California Pregnancy Discrimination Law
The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a case that was origianally filed in Los Angeles county against the City of Santa Monica. Wynona Harris claimed she was terminated six days after telling her employer that she was pregnant. During the jury trial in Los Angeles the City of Santa Monica claimed that Ms. Harris was terminated for several accidents that the city claimed were avoidable. A los Angeles jury awarded Ms. Harris $177,905 in damage and the trial court awarded Harris more than $400,000 in attorneys' fees.
The case was appealed and the appellate court reversed the lower court stating that the judge in the lower court failed to allow the jury to hear and use the City of Santa Monica's jury instruction, which would have allowed the jury to find the city non-liable if they could show that Ms. Harris was terminated for both a discriminatory and non-discriminatory nature.
Tune in later for the California Supreme Court's opinion in this very important pregnancy discrimination case.