Tammy Schweitzer had her discrimination lawsuit against the Ventura County district attorney’s office dismissed and Leslie Robertson dropped her discrimination suit, but a Santa Barbara jury awarded Robert Velasquez $1.3 million in damages after voting unanimously that the office retaliated against Velasquez for truthfully testifying in both the women’s suits. The Ventura County Star reported on October 27, 2011, that Velasquez claimed in his lawsuit that he was bullied into retirement by management for answering a subpoena and testifying in those discrimination suits.
According to the Star, Velasquez filed his suit in 2009 and there are still two other pending suits from veteran investigators in the office. Velasquez was awarded $6,000 in past lost wages, $600,000 in future lost wages and $700,050 for emotional stress. One of his attorneys told the Star that District Attorney Greg Totten and “others in top management at the office are a ‘network of good old boys’ who rule with an ‘iron fist’ and will not tolerate anyone who objects to the discrimination and retaliation.”
Have you been the victim of retaliation or similar employment discrimination simply for telling the truth? Whistleblowers have protection under federal law, and a number of government agencies enforce provisions for employer retaliation protection. If you have questions about employer retaliation or how to prove discrimination, contact our office today to set up a private consultation with our Los Angeles employment attorney.
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