RESULTS OBTAINED FOR CLIENTS

Vanessa has been very successful in obtaining positive results for clients. Here is a summary of just some of the results:

 

  • Over $300,000 settlement in a case involving sexual harassment of female employee in Los Angeles County

 

  • Vanessa obtained a six figure settlement of a case involving gender discrimination and unequal pay for female employee
     

  • Vanessa obtained a six figure settlement in a case filed in federal court for a worker who had been demoded, and who had voluntarily quit in protest of the violation of his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act.  
     

  • Vanessa obtained a six figure settlement for a worker who had been mistreated during an FMLA leave, and made to illegally provide doctor notes for each and every use of his FMLA time.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis represented an employee who had been terminated, and whose former employer failed to pay her wages and bonuses owed before the California Labor Board.  The Labor Board ruled in favor of the employee awarding her unpaid wages, bonuses and penalties.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis represented a truck driver who was injured due to a dangerous condition at a wieghing station in Wilmington.  After Ms. Jarvis' private investigator obtained documentation of the dangerous condition at the site, the truck driver was generously compensated for his injuries.
     

  • Vanessa assisted an employee who had been terminated for reporting dangerous conditions at his workplace to OSHA recover a six figure settlement, compensating him for his lost wages.
     

  • Vanessa assisted two former employees of a company who were laid off obtain unpaid bonuses and compensation, along with interest, without even having to file a lawsuit or making a complaint to the Labor Board.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis represented a client who, with a previous counsel had filed a wrongful termination suit against his former employer.   Ms. Jarvis reviewed the case, and finding it had no merit, assisted her client in dismissing the action and saving her client from having to pay the legal costs of his former employer. 
     

  • Vanessa assisted a small business owner settle a wage and hour claim filed with the Labor Board, before the matter went to hearing, thus saving the owner substantial penalties and interest.
     

Appeals
 

  • Ms. Jarvis was the lead attorney in the defense of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case brought against a doctor. Ms. Jarvis successfuly defended the appeal, and obtained a ruling in favor of her client.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis was lead counsel in a case appealing a decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings ("OAH") to the United States District Court, in a special education case against Downey Unified School District, where the OAH had determined that consents to assessment plans and IEPs made through legal counsel had no force and effect.  Thus, the school did not have to implement the student's IEP or assess the student per the assessment plan.  The District Court reversed the OAH decision, ruled in favor of Parent, finding that parents may provide consent to IEPs and assessment plans through counsel, and remanded the case back to the OAH.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis successfuly defended Downey Unified School District's appeal to the 9th Cir. Court of Appeals.  Downey sought to appeal the decision of the District Court ruling that attorneys could execute  IEPs and assessment plans on behalf of parents.  Downey's appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeals, thus confirming  that parents have the right to refuse to sign District forms like IEPs and assessment plans, and instead may allow their attorney to consent for them by letter to the District.  By these decisions, Districts are now required to implement consent via attorney.
     

  • Ms. Jarvis was lead attorney in the I.R. case that began as a special education Request for Due Process matter before the OAH.  Ms. Jarvis appealed OAH's Decision in favor of District to the United States District Court.  When District Court judge Manny Real again ruled in favor of school district, Ms. Jarvis was again the lead attorney on the the appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking reversal of Judge Real's decision.  In July, 2015 Ms. Jarvis presented oral argument to the Court of Appeal in Pasadena. 
     

  • Ms. Jarvis was successful in overturning a decision of the OAH and a decision by Judge Real of the United States District Court in November 2015.  The Court of Appeal found that a school district must bring a request for due process hearing against a student, where the student is not receiving a FAPE, and must do so within a reasonable time.  The Court of Appeal did not accept the reasoning of Los Angeles Unified School District's counsel that it could simply wait for years knowing that a child was not receiving a FAPE.  You may download a copy of the Court of Appeals' decision here.  

 

  

 

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