Attorney Cortney Shegerian of the employment & personal injury firm Shegerian Conniff stood before the California Supreme Court last week to argue in favor of a recent Appellate Court decision to allow a trial for a whistleblower case.
At age 30, Shegerian is among the youngest attorneys to argue a case before the Supreme Court of California in the Court’s history.
Shegerian’s client, Deborah Shaw, a former employee at Kindred Healthcare (also known as Kindred Hospitals West and THC Orange County), was employed by the defendant’s health care facility. In her complaint, Shaw described having complained to the defendant about conditions that affected the quality of care and services at the health care facility. In particular, she complained that defendants were employing health care professionals who were not licensed or certified, among other regulatory issues.
Shaw claimed that in retaliation for her complaints, Kindred discriminated against her by issuing her a warning, taking adverse employment actions against her, and subsequently terminating her employment. Shaw alleged that, as a result of Kindred’s conduct, she has suffered and continues to suffer past and future monetary losses, losses of benefits, emotional damages and physical injury.
In 2012, Shaw filed her wrongful termination complaint against Kindred, demanding a jury trial. In 2014, the court denied a jury trial, but that decision was reversed in the Court of Appeal, meaning that Shaw would get her jury trial after all.
Last week, Kindred and its attorneys attempted to convince the California Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeals court decision in order to block a jury trial.
Cortney Shegerian appeared on behalf of Shaw before the Supreme Court of California on February 7th to argue in favor of the Appellate Court’s decision that Shaw has a right to a jury trial. A video of her argument can be seen here: https://youtu.be/F0YPxyP-odI
“It has been an honor to be able to represent Ms. Shaw in this case before the Supreme Court,” said Shegerian. “Hopefully we were able to convince the court that the Appellate decision in favor of our courageous client’s right to a jury trial was in fact correct and we will be able to move one step closer to justice for Ms. Shaw, a tirelessly hard-working professional who blew the whistle on wrongdoing and was wrongfully terminated by the defendants as a result.”
A decision by the court is expected in May.
Case # B254958
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