Northern California Employment Group Partner Mike Laurenson and Senior Counsel Vivian Countryman obtained a complete defense verdict following a four-week jury trial in Shasta County. The plaintiff was a direct care staff member in a home for disabled adults in Redding who alleged he was terminated for whistleblowing about abuse and neglect of residents. Laurenson and Countryman argued that the plaintiff was actually terminated for not being a good fit based on his poor work ethic and complaints from his coworkers. The last settlement demand during trial was $1million. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the firm’s client after only four hours of deliberations. This was Laurenson’s third jury verdict in 2022 and second in two months.