Kudos to Gary Lafayette and Rebecca Kimura of Lafayette & Kumagai LLP on their appellate victory. The decision from the Ninth Circuit upheld a United States District Court for the Northern District of California decision to grant summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 gas and electric company in an employment matter in which
Congratulations to Susan Kumagai! Susan and Brian Chun successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 10 company where a former employee sued alleging disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation and wrongful termination. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment was granted in full.
Congrats to Rebecca Kimura and Gary Lafayette! Lafayette & Kumagai won summary judgment in what started as a putative class action alleging joint employment of station managers. Lafayette & Kumagai initially got the court to stay the action, under the theory of exclusive concurrent jurisdiction which led to Plaintiff dismissing his class claims. In an
Kudos to Brian Chun! Brian and Susan Kumagai successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 50 cable company where a former employee sued claiming sexual harassment, age, sex and disability discrimination, retaliation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and violation of Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200. Brian and Susan’s
The San Francisco Examiner quotes Gary Lafayette in a May 24, 2016 article regarding allegations of racial bias and discrimination at San Francisco State University: An attorney for the California State University system is conducting a review of hiring practices at San Francisco State University following allegations of racial bias and discrimination, CSU Chancellor Timothy
Kudos to Brian Chun! Brian and Gary Lafayette successfully defended a major Bay Area City in a case where a sworn officer sued claiming sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring, supervision and retention. Brian and Gary’s Motion for Summary Judgment was granted
Kudos to Susan Kumagai on her appellate victory, in which the court clarified what is required to show pretext and temporal proximity in cases where an employee is terminated for poor performance. The court’s discussion on the use of “me too” declarations is also most helpful for employers regarding pretext. The decision from the California
The California Minority Counsel Program (“CMCP”) recognized Susan Kumagai for her contributions to diversity in the legal profession and long-term involvement in the organization. Ms. Kumagai has actively participated in CMCP for a number of years. She served on CMCP’s Steering Committee and its Executive Committee, was the Chair of the 2002 CMCP Annual Business
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP was named to Corporate Counsel magazine’s “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies 2015” list. The firm received two mentions from Fortune 500 companies. Lafayette & Kumagai was listed for handling labor/employment litigation on behalf of The Home Depot, Inc. and torts litigation on behalf of Computer Sciences Corporation.
4 Lafayette & Kumagai Attorneys Named to 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers & Rising Stars We are pleased to announce that Gary Lafayette, Susan Kumagai and Diane Kong have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers list for Northern California. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the