HH Secures Important Victory for State Bar of California


Ex-California Bar Chief's Firing Suit Gutted by Arbitrator

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Law360, New York (April 8, 2016, 9:10 PM ET) -- A California arbitrator tossed allegations by a former state bar director that he was fired for exposing ethical violations in the organization, finding Friday he did not sufficiently allege he was retaliated against.

Joseph Dunn had claimed he was fired the same week he filed whistleblower notices with the State Bar of California's board of trustees, but JAMS arbitrator Hon. Edward A. Infante ruled that Dunn's failure to allege the bar's reported conduct may have violated a specific law was fatal to his labor claim.

"Claimant must allege in the [notice of claims] that at the time he reported the wrongful activity, he had reasonable cause to believe that the wrongdoing violated a particular statute, rule or regulation," Infante said. "Because claimant failed to do so, claimant has failed to state facts sufficient to support a cause of action under [California] Labor Code Section 1102.5." Click here to read more.

Additional Coverage in the Sacramento Bee.