Defense verdict obtained in jury trial on behalf of local public utility
David Burkett obtains defense verdict in jury trial on behalf of local public utility. A former Sacramento Municipal Utility District employee resigned after thirty years of employment and sued for race discrimination, race harassment and retaliation. During trial, SMUD presented evidence that Plaintiff actually resigned because it helped her in bankruptcy. Plaintiff claimed that she was forced her to resign because of a hostile work environment and asked the jury for one million dollars in economic damages and an unspecified amount for emotional distress. The jury deliberated for less than two hours and returned with a defense verdict on all claims.