Judge Tosses Employment Discrimination Suit Against Basketball Owner, Former Miss Universe

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a former nanny and chauffer against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife, Bui, WTHR-TV reported on September 15, 2011. Claudia Leite Muehler, the nanny, claimed she was fired because she became pregnant, while driver Robert G. Young said he was not paid overtime and denied rest breaks. The Indianapolis Star reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue said she did not believe much of the testimony of either one.

In a 61-page tentative decision, the judge pointed out contradictions and unsubstantiated accusations against the Simons, with the judge noting that Bui Simon, a former Miss Universe from Thailand, “loves children and has no anti-pregnancy feelings. “Leite’s efforts to paint Mrs. Simon as a Jekyll and Hyde personality contradicts the extensive evidence of Mrs. Simon’s calm demeanor and her patience, loyalty and generosity over her long relationship with Leite,” the judge wrote, according to the Associated Press. Because the decision was tentative, lawyers are allowed to file objections within 30 days, and the AP reported that suits by two other Simon household employees with wage complaints are awaiting trial.

This case represents the importance of having knowledgeable legal counsel when filing an employment discrimination lawsuit. You need to know not only what you will be going up against, but you will need to have a Los Angeles employment attorney who knows how to prove discrimination. If you believe you have been subjected to any type of discrimination at work, contact our office today to set up a free initial consultation.

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