$1.5 million ruling against city nullified

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “The City Council’s tenacity and resolve in this case is a real victory for Burbank taxpayers.” McMurray’s attorney, Brad Gage, said he plans to appeal to the California Supreme Court. “It appears to me that the analysis by the Court of Appeals is questionable,” Gage said. “We expect that the Supreme Court will consider this case and that we are confident upon review that the verdict will be reinstated.” In December 2003, a jury awarded McMurray $1.5 million after determining the city had failed to accommodate her depression and other ailments caused by work-related stress. But the jury rejected her claims that she had been passed over for promotion because of her age and gender. Burbank officials said they gave McMurray time off and lessened her workload when doctors told her she was stressed and overworked. BURBANK – A state appeals court has overturned a $1.5 million verdict against the city for discriminating against a former employee suffering from a stress-related disability. Deborah McMurray, a former administrator in Burbank’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, had won a suit claiming the city failed to accommodate her disability and had passed her over for promotion because of it. The ruling issued Tuesday by the 2nd District Court of Appeal said there was evidence that the city accommodated McMurray’s stress-related disability by reducing her workload. It also found she was unqualified for promotion. “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal applied the correct legal standard to the trial court’s clearly erroneous verdict,” Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow said in a statement. “The city did everything it could to try and help Ms. McMurray and was rewarded with this lawsuit, which was extremely destructive within the city family. Burbank officials also said McMurray was never promoted because she never applied for other positions and because she would not have been qualified for the jobs even if she had. Three other women filed the complaint with McMurray but settled their suits without a trial for “a nominal sum,” officials said. McMurray’s husband, retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief James McMurray, also filed suit against the city of Burbank, claiming he was defamed when officials accused him of using unmarked police cars to transport his wife and city equipment to photocopy documents related to her case. That suit was ultimately dismissed, officials said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *