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Bill Haluck Gains Unanimous Defense Verdict In Fair Employment and Housing Act Suit

After a little over two and one half hours of deliberation an Orange County Superior Court jury returned a unanimous verdict on all three causes of action brought by a disabled Deputy Juvenile Correction Officer against her employer, the Orange County Probation Department.

The plaintiff complained that the Probation Department discriminated against her because of her disability, failed to accommodate her disability and failed to engage in the interactive process to find her alternative employment that could accommodate her condition.  After 8 trial days, the jury ruled in the County's favor on all key issues of the special verdicts before them.

This trial was a test case of sorts for the County, who had changed the way they dealt with injured employees that could no longer perform the essential functions of their position.