Court Affirms Summary Judgment For GMSR’s Client On Employment Discrimination Claims

Delta Dental laid off 33 employees as part of a reorganization. One sued, alleging pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. The trial court granted summary judgment for Delta, and GMSR secured an affirmance on appeal. Agreeing with GMSR’s position, the Court of Appeal held that Delta established a legitimate, non-discriminatory basis for the layoff, and that the employee’s arguments were too speculative to constitute substantial evidence of pretext or a discriminatory motive. The court also held that the trial court acted within its discretion in denying the employee’s request for a continuance to take additional discovery.

Click here to read the Court of Appeal opinion:  Begley v. Delta Dental of California (Aug. 31, 2021, A159983) 2021 WL 3878844 [First District, Division 3] [nonpublished]