Arnett et al. v. California Public Employee’s Retirement System
Area of Law: Workers Compensation/Disability
State Filed: California
$250,000,000 Recovery. Arnett et al. v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, et al. 179 F.3d 690 (9th Cir. 1999) age discrimination class action which has resulted in the permanent injunction against CalPERS and some 1500 local agencies from enforcing a 1980 statue which reduced the industrial disability pension benefits of older police officers and firefighters from 50% of final compensation to as little as 13%.
$5,000,000 breach of collective bargaining agreement class action bench trial judgment for 1100 Los Angeles County prosecutors and public defenders.
$3,000,000 recovery for female police officers and civilian employees who sued the Newport Beach Police Department in a “hostile environment” sexual harassment case. During the course of the litigation, the Chief of Police and the perpetrator, a police captain, were “retired.”
$700,000 verdict for a Catholic grammar school principal who was wrongfully terminated when she insisted that the Orange Diocese treat parents’ concerns over potential toxic hazards (PCB’s in leaking classroom light fixtures) seriously instead of sweeping them under the rug.
$500,000 jury verdict and award for a whistle blowing police officer who reported wrongdoing by fellow officers and was subjected to retaliation including termination and death threats.