Oct 30, 2012
Court of Appeal rejects reimbursement of employee’s expenses under Labor Code 2802

William T. Long v. County of Los Angeles (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7890 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One) [unpublished]. Plaintiff, a former employee of GMSR’s client, County of Los Angeles, sought reimbursement of attorney’s fees he allegedly incurred in assisting in the County’s defense of litigation. The trial court found that he was required to comply with the Claims Act and failed to do so. It also found also that Labor Code section 2802, which obligates employers to indemnify employees for certain employment-related expenses, does not apply to public entities. The Court of Appeal affirmed on the ground that plaintiff’s evidence was insufficient to establish a case under section 2802.