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JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

BA, University of California, San Diego

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Emanuela has run the LA marathon 5 times (training for a 6th), about 10 half marathons, and her goal is to run a half marathon in all 50 states.

Todd Palombo v. City of Costa Mesa (2019) – A former firefighter brought claims against the City alleging he was not promoted to Captain due to his age. A prima facie case of age discrimination arises when the employee shows (1) at the time of the adverse action he or she was 40 years of age or older (2) an adverse employment action was taken against the employee, (3) at the time of the adverse action the employee was satisfactorily performing his or her job and (4) some other circumstance suggesting a discriminatory motive was present, such as replacement by a significantly younger worker with similar qualifications. Plaintiff argued that, because the testing process gave the Fire Chief discretion to promote the applicant he felt was best qualified from an eligibility list, it allowed the Fire Chief to discriminate against Plaintiff.  However, LCW demonstrated that the City had legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for promoting individuals other than Plaintiff. In fact, a majority of the candidates selected during the contested time period were over the age of 40 and outscored Plaintiff on the promotional examination.  Based on the foregoing, the Judge granted Motion Summary Judgement in favor of the City.

Sheriff’s Deputy v. County (2023) – Convinced deputy to withdraw his grievance alleging claims to bonus pay.

California’s Cannabis Law Leaves Law Enforcement Agencies in a Haze
Daily Journal

Recently featured in the Daily Journal, article California’s Cannabis Law Leaves Law Enforcement Agencies in a Haze, authored by LCW Partner Geoffrey Sheldon and Attorney Emanuela Tala explores California’s unique marijuana restrictions. They specifically highlight the exemptions outlined in AB...

January 10, 2024
What Employers Need to Know: An Overview of FEHA’s Provisions against Discrimination due to Cannabis Use

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