Matthew McNicholas Discusses Labor & Employment Verdicts in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal turned to Partner Matthew McNicholas to discuss methods for obtaining record-breaking employment verdicts in California, including his own Atkins verdict, in which he obtained $12.3 million on behalf of five recruits who were injured during LAPD Academy training—the largest employment payout to date against the LAPD. The case concerned injured recruits who were told that they had to return to the academy before they fully recovered or face termination. The LAPD failed to accommodate them, despite the fact there were hundreds of positions open for which they were qualified.
In obtaining high verdicts for employment-related cases, there are many factors that come into play. “When dealing with punitive damages, it’s 100 percent conduct driven,” said Matt. “Punitive damages are not meant to compensate, they are meant to teach a lesson, and what is punishment depends on the net worth, value or income of the defendant.” As Panel Counsel for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Matt works to ensure that employers are held accountable for their actions in the workplace.