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New Civil Procedure and Employment Case

Sep 27, 2022

To do the best job possible as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I review and summarize every new published California civil case. In this blog post, I discuss a new civil case that was published last month. 

Civil Procedure and Employment

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing can file an action on behalf of an employee. Last month, the Sixth District Court of Appeal published a decision addressing the issue of whether am action filed on behalf of an employee could proceed using a fictitious name because revealing the employee's identity could jeopardize the safety of his family members in India. A video discussing the case is above and my summary of the case is below.

New Civil Procedure and Employment Decision  

Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County (2022) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2022 WL 3136002: The Court of Appeal granted a writ petition directing the trial court to vacate its order denying plaintiff's motion to proceed using a fictitious name and to reconsider the motion based on the views expressed in the Court of Appeal's opinion. Plaintiff asked that the real party in interest—the affected employee—be referred to as John Doe, in part because revealing his identity could jeopardize the safety of his family members in India. The trial court understood what interests it needed to balance. It considered the public's right to access court proceedings. It also considered whether an important interest would be prejudiced if the employee were required to publicly disclose his identity. But, the trial court erred when deciding whether an overriding interest justified anonymity because it expressly declined to consider the employee's concern about safety of family members in India. Retaliatory harm to family members—wherever they are located—is precisely the kind of interest that may justify allowing a party to litigate under a pseudonym. The fact that the family members were geographically distant did not render the concern irrelevant as a threshold matter. A party seeking anonymity has the burden to show that geographically distant family members are at risk. The trial court's task is to consider the evidence produced on that point and assign it the appropriate weight. (C.A. 6th, August 5, 2022.) 


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