LARA & LUNA DEFEATS EMPLOYER'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT/ADJUDICATION IN LA SUPERIOR COURT FOR CLIENT WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY

Lara & Luna is proud to announce that after years of assertive litigation, it received a positive ruling on behalf our client, a former teacher employed by the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD), at Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Marmaro denied the School District's motion to summarily adjudicate our client's claims of illegal discrimination in its hiring practice when the Montebello Unified School District refused to rehire her in a similar teaching position after she suffered a physical disability from a work injury. In its ruling, the court cited to Swanson v. Morongo Unified School Dist. (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 954 in providing that: "Plaintiff's status as a Temporary Contract Employee and the conclusion of her contract, however, would not bar her claim for discrimination if her contract Defendant chose not to renew her contract because of her disability. "

The judge ruled that Plaintiff submitted sufficient evidence to establish a factual dispute for a jury to decide the case over whether the MUSD illegally refused to renew our client's long term teaching contract after suffering a disability. Our client had over 20 years of positive work history with the MUSD and excellent credentials. The illegal employment practice by the MUSD not only deprived students of a quality teacher by leaving the classroom she was assigned to open with different day-to-day substitute teachers but also caused our client lifelong emotional harm in the illegal treatment she received. As a result of the MUSD's conduct our client has been deprived of employment and lifelong retirement and medical benefits.