The Southern California law firm of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison has been providing our clients with the best legal representation available for over 50 years. Our team, consisting of some of the best trial lawyers in the country, has obtained hundreds of jury verdicts and millions of dollars for our clients.
The owner of a Long Beach medical group was found liable by a jury for unlawful behavior towards a gay employee, our client. Our client was terminated after making numerous complaints about discrimination and derogatory statements made by the defendant. A judgment of $390,278 was levied against the defendant after PLBSMH attorneys Todd Harrison and Brennan Kahn presented overwhelming evidence, including the owner's own admissions, to the jury.
Long Beach has the second largest gay population in the Los Angeles area. "This is an important case for gay rights, and an important case for the gay community of Long Beach," said Todd Harrison. Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison is committed to the rights of all workers.
On November 14, 2013, the California Supreme Court handed California employees a resounding victory, ruling that injured workers are permitted to present medical evidence from their own physicians, reversing the en banc Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), which had earlier laid down a general rule excluding such reports.
John A. Mendoza and Ellen R. Serbin (partners at Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza & Harrison) represented Elayne Valdez before the Supreme Court. This decision affirms that injured employees, like Ms. Valdez, have a statutory right to introduce non-MPN (Medical Provider Network) medical reports in support of their claims for worker's compensation benefits. The Supreme Court's decision is a straight forward proclamation which makes it clear that injured workers are entitled to present their own evidence in hearings before the WCAB. The case was Valdez v. Worker's Compensation Appeals Board. See the opinion (PDF).
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