Employee Rights Firm Shegerian & Associates Proves Liability of Battelle Memorial Institute in Whistleblower Case

LOS ANGELES--()--Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm specializing in employee rights, was able to prove liability in a recent wrongful termination case surrounding their whistleblower client and his former place of work, Battelle Memorial Institute.

“that it is illegal to discriminate against employees who are considered whistleblowers.”

In the case, finalized November 17th, the jury ruled that Battelle Memorial Institute wrongfully terminated Shegerian & Associates client, Jay Huston, in violation of public policy and in violation of California Labor Code section 1102.5. Anthony Nguyen and Cortney Shegerian, attorneys with Shegerian & Associates, successfully demonstrated that a substantial motivating reason for Mr. Huston’s termination from Battelle Memorial Institute was his reporting of actions he found to be illegal.

The Jury stated in its verdict form that after Mr. Huston disclosed alleged wrongdoing by Battelle Memorial Institute to a government agency regarding the improper use of public government funds, Battelle Memorial Institute subsequently retaliated against Mr. Huston in violation of the law.

Mr. Huston, a veteran who suffered a back injury while on active military duty, claimed in his complaint that he also suffered ongoing discriminatory and harassing behavior by his supervisors at BMI as a result of his having to use a wheelchair.

Nguyen and Shegerian were able to prove to the jury that such behavior had taken place and that Battelle Memorial Institute was clearly in violation of whistleblower laws.

“It’s been a privilege to have had the opportunity to represent Mr. Huston,” said Nguyen. “He has a long history of being a hard working, ethical professional who had performed his position at an exemplary level prior to his termination.”

“We hope that Battelle Memorial Institute has learned from this experience,” added Cortney Shegerian, “that it is illegal to discriminate against employees who are considered whistleblowers.”

Located Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney Shegerian, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner for 2013, has won over 68 jury trials in his career, including 28 seven figure verdicts), Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com or www.GotFired.com, or to learn more about Carney Shegerian specifically, visit http://carneyshegerian.com/.

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