Largest Employment Verdict Against LAPD Listed in the Los Angeles Times’ Top Verdicts and Settlements of 2014
McNicholas & McNicholas’ $12.3 million verdict in the Atkins v. City of Los Angeles case has been listed as the #14 verdict in the Los Angeles Times’ Top Verdicts and Settlements of 2014.
In the largest employment verdict ever against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Lead Counsel Matthew McNicholas represented five recruitment officers who were injured during the LAPD Academy training. Before they were fully recovered, the plaintiffs were given an ultimatum, where they had to either return to the Academy immediately or leave by resignation or termination. The plaintiffs were eventually fired. Mr. McNicholas proved failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, resulting in a $12.3 million verdict, and a $14 million judgment when the court added fees and costs under the employment law statute.