Court Revives Former KLVE/Los Angeles Host's Suit Against Univision
November 18, 2016 at 5:47 AM (PT)
Former UNIVISION Spanish AC KLVE/LOS ANGELES host SOFIA SORIA's lawsuit against UNIVISION for disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and other claims has been revived by CALIFORNIA's Second Appellate District Court, which reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment and remanded the case for trial.
SORIA alleged that she was fired for missing work to have a tumor at the junction of her esophagus and stomach treated and removed, while UNIVISION management said she was fired for being chronically late and that they were not fully aware of the reason, although some correspondence referred to a "biopsy."
UNIVISION won summary judgment in 2014 for its argument that SORIA's discrimination claim under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) failed because she did not have a "disability" under the FEHA and the company had legitimate grounds to dismiss her. But the appellate court said that while SORIA raised the disability argument for the first time in opposition to the motion, issues of fact exist to be determined at trial, including the disability claim (and whether what she had qualified as a "medical condition" protected under the FEHA) and whether UNIVISION acted with discriminatory intent.