Employee Rights Attorney Carney Shegerian Helps Man Win $16.6 Million Racial Discrimination and Wrongful Termination Verdict

LOS ANGELES--()--Carney Shegerian of Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm specializing in employee rights, obtained a more than $16.6 million wrongful termination and racial discrimination jury verdict yesterday in favor of his client against defendants McWane, Inc.

“It’s been a great privilege to have had the opportunity to represent Rickey Moland”

Yesterday’s verdict resulted in Rickey Moland being awarded more than $16.6 million by a Los Angeles jury that found he had been discriminated against due to race, wrongfully terminated and that McWane, Inc. failed to prevent discrimination in the workplace. The court announced that the award of $16.6 million is made up of $373,514 in economic damages, $2.5 million in non-economic damages, and $13.8 million in punitive damages.

Moland, a 53-year-old African-American man, began working for McWane, Inc. as a Production Supervisor in June of 2010. According to Moland’s complaint, he struggled to be treated with respect by many of his subordinates and superiors at the company, despite consistently excellent work performance. Despite this, he chose to continue to work hard, hoping that he would earn his colleagues’ respect.

Throughout his tenure as the first and only African-American manager in the McWane, Inc.’s Corona facility, Moland’s complaint describes how he was repeatedly referred to by other employees in racially derogatory terms. Managers and Human Resources became aware of this conduct, yet did nothing to stop it. Moland later learned from multiple sources that he was regularly referred to by “the n-word” behind his back by several employees, including supervisors and high-ranking management.

Anonymous complaints of racism were filed by two separate employees, which launched an internal investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the company chose to fire Moland in April of 2012 on the grounds that he was not “getting along” with fellow employees.

In court Shegerian was able to prove to the jury that such behavior had taken place and that McWane, Inc. was clearly in violation of discrimination and wrongful termination laws, resulting in a favorable verdict for Moland.

“It’s been a great privilege to have had the opportunity to represent Rickey Moland,” said Shegerian. “He is a hard working, ethical professional who was victimized by egregious, repeated racial discrimination and an employer that chose to look the other way, and wrongfully terminate our client. He performed his position at an exemplary level prior to his termination. We hope that McWane and other employers, have learned from this experience that it is against the law to discriminate against and harass employees due to the color of their skin.”

Case # BC559796

Located in 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 76 jury trials in his career, including 33 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.

Media Contact: To arrange interviews with Carney Shegerian regarding this case, please contact Paul Williams, 310/569-0023, paulwilliams@shegerianlaw.com.


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Release Summary

Carney Shegerian's client, a former employee of McWane, Inc., has been awarded more than $16.6 million in damages, a jury ruled.

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