Partners Leslie Levy and Sharon Vinick represented a long time employee of a Fortune 100 company in defamation suit litigated in Superior Court for the County of Alameda, where the employee was accused of theft. The jury returned a verdict of $778,000 in compensatory damages, and was prepared to award puntive damages. The case was resolved before arguments on punitive damages were presented to the jury.
When the Pleasanton Unified School District refused to provide reasonable accommodations for a veteran school teacher and falsely claimed that the teacher’s disabilities prevented her from performing her job, partner Leslie Levy filed suit. In the end, the school district agreed to a settlement valued at over $600,000 to redress the wrong it inflicted on […]
A Marin County jury found that Albertsons violated the civil rights of a grocery clerk by failing to deliver the reasonable accommodation it had promised. Partner Leslie Levy took the case even though it involved only a single incident of failure to accommodate because she was incensed by the way the employer violated the civil […]
A minister used his pastoral counseling sessions to convince an emotionally vulnerable member of his church that it was God’s will that she should have sex with him. In a case brought during her years in private practice, partner Jean Hyams brought suit against the minister and his church for breach of the relationship of trust between clergy and parishioner. After aggressive litigation, the matter resolved confidentially on the eve of trial.
When several 4th graders in Berkeley were molested by a teacher, partner Leslie Levy won a settlement of $1.9 million and an agreement for system-wide training on issues of sexual abuse of children by school personnel.
While in private practice, partner Leslie Levy brought a groundbreaking case alleging sexual harassment in housing. She represented multiple tenants whose apartment manager was perpetrating severe sexual harassment against them. The settlement achieved was the largest settlement in the nation at the time for a housing sexual harassment case. The publicity generated by this case, including a television appearances on Oprah and prominent coverage in newspapers around the country led to increased training, education and attention to the problem of sexual harassment in housing.
Partner Leslie Levy brought two cases against BART on behalf of passengers with disabilities. These cases have made the system more accessible to the people with disabilities who rely on BART trains for transportation. Because of one lawsuit, BART installed edge detection rubber flooring at all of its stations to assist people who are blind […]
Partners Leslie Levy and Jean Hyams secured one of the largest settlements ever achieved against the San Francisco Police Department, on behalf of a court reporter whose arm was broken by an aggressive police officer during a peaceful anti-war demonstration. The same officer was later fired by the San Francisco Police Commission for making false […]