Cortney Shegerian of Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm specializing in employee rights, obtained a $352,083 wrongful termination and discrimination jury verdict this week.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury reached its decision regarding Brandon Grey’s lawsuit against American Management Services, which had employed Grey as an Investment Manager from 2006 to 2008.
The court ordered American Management Services to pay Grey $200,000 in non-economic damages, $102,083 in past economic damages and $50,000 in punitive damages, for a total award of $352,083.
Grey’s seven-year-old claim had originally been lost in arbitration, but was successfully appealed by Shegerian & Associates and brought to trial, where Cortney Shegerian successfully tried the case this week.
During his two years working at American Management Services, Grey’s supervisors and president of American Management Services, LLC, repeatedly engaged in discriminatory, harassing behavior targeting Grey due to his sexual orientation, leading up to terminating his employment.
As a direct result of the discriminatory and harassing behavior of his former employer, Grey suffered humiliation, emotional distress, as well as damage to his career. With the help of Cortney Shegerian and Shegerian & Associates, he will now receive compensation for his suffering.
Shegerian describes the case as a distinct violation of Grey’s rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and an example of egregious discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation.
“It’s an honor to have had the opportunity to represent Mr. Grey. I know it has been a long road to get to this day,” said Shegerian. “He is a hard-working employee who found himself discriminated against at the hands of a company he dedicated two years of his life to. The treatment that our client endured by his supervisor at American Management Services was grossly inappropriate. Hopefully this verdict and the justice served in Mr. Grey’s case will put all employers on notice that they cannot discriminate against and harass employees based on their sexual orientation, or for any other reason.”
“I could not have asked for stronger representation,” said Grey. “I’m grateful for the Shegerian firm’s ability to handle my case and help me drive it forward. After almost eight years from the day I was terminated, nobody really wins this case. The losses and experiences I’ve faced can never be erased. I know the Shegerian firm has absolutely gone above and beyond to argue my case and gave me the opportunity to vindicate the harassment and treatment under AMS and Scott Mencaccy. I have worked hard to share my story with integrity and truth and appreciate everything they have done to give me that voice.”
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