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HALUCK AND ROSSITER SECURE DEFENSE VERDICT IN RACE DISCRIMINATION ACTION

In a recent seven day jury trial, Bill Haluck and Michael Rossiter of our Irvine office successfully defended the County of Orange in a case involving allegations of racial discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment by an employee of the Orange County Social Services Agency.  Over the past 32 years, Bill Haluck has represented the County of Orange in a variety of cases involving  Civil Rights violations, Employment related matters, Excessive Force, Wrongful Arrest and False Imprisonment, Dangerous Conditions of public property, Flood Control, USERRA violation, Property Tax Assessment issues, and most recently Social Services Wrongful Detention and Parental Alienation allegations.  

In the recent case, the plaintiff claimed that she had been overlooked for promotion due to her race, was demoted once she had been promoted in retaliation for having filed sequential complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing; and finally was subjected to harassing conduct constituting a hostile work environment after her demotion in an effort to drive her out of the agency. The jury deliberated only 30 minutes before returning unanimous 12-0 defense verdicts in favor of the County of Orange.