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JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

BS, California State University, Long Beach

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La Rita has a passion for cooking and baking. As a result, she had the opportunity to cater for a private event of a prominent Television Judge.

Police Officer v. City and Police Department Command Staff (2022)Jury quickly issued a defense verdict on police officer’s 42 USC section 1983 complaint that he was retaliated against, by not receiving a special assignment, for exercising his free speech rights regarding union activities.  Officer’s Fair Employment and Housing Act discrimination claim had been dismissed on a motion for summary judgment.

The California Supreme Court Makes It Easier for Employees to Blow the Whistle
ERMA Legal Alert

In January 2022, the California Supreme Court finally dispelled widespread confusion regarding the evidentiary standard for whistleblower retaliation claims bought under Labor Code section 1102.5. In Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. (Lawson), the Court clarified that an employee-friendly...


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