LOS ANGELES, November 24, 2015: Morgan Lewis secured a jury verdict on behalf of Yusen Terminals, Inc. in McCoy v. Yusen Terminals, Inc., a discrimination case involving allegations by a marine clerk that she had been unlawfully retaliated against during a training program provided by the marine cargo terminal operator.
According to the plaintiff, she was segregated in a back room during the training, was not adequately trained by the male union planners facilitating the training, and was ultimately forced to quit the program and miss five years of work as a result. Following a three-week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, on November 20 the jury rejected the plaintiff’s request for millions of dollars in damages and returned a verdict for the employer, Yusen, finding that the plaintiff failed to prove that she was retaliated against or suffered damages.The verdict is the result of more than nine years of litigation: the case was first filed in 2006 and included a first trial, a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), and a court of appeals decision, before going to trial a second time. The Morgan Lewis team was led by partners Clifford “Seth” Sethness and Robert Jon Hendricks. Support was provided by senior attorneys Mirna Villegas and Jason Steele.