Alan Romero was recently honored by the California Employment Lawyers Association with the CELA Torch Award in recognition for his years of service as Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association.
CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions, including cases involving unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing. CELA helps its members protect and expand the legal rights and opportunities of working women and men through litigation, education and advocacy.
Alan Romero made history today as he obtained a $8,155,000 jury verdict in favor of his client, LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Rodriguez.
The jury was unanimous in its findings that the LA Sheriff’s Department engaged in unlawful retaliation and harassment against Deputy Rodriguez, who had complained about unlawful race-based police stops at City of Industry Station in 2014.
The jury found true the allegations that now-Undersheriff Timothy Murakami began a campaign of harassment and retaliation against Deputy Rodriguez, which ranged from launching multiple Internal Affairs investigations against him, harassing him at his home off of work hours, and falsely accusing Deputy Rodriguez of pulling out his gun and threatening to kill an unarmed suspect.
The County of Los Angeles is expected to appeal.