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APALC Obtains Favorable Discovery Rulings and Sanctions Award

In our January 2012 litigation newsletter, we introduced you to the case of Ms. Sakina Begum who both suffered sexual harassment on the job and was sued by her former employer, Desh Management, its owners and the supervisor who sexually harassed her for defamation because she sought help to end the harassment.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and pro bono counsel Caldwell Leslie continue to pursue Ms. Begum’s case, including her affirmative sexual harassment and wage and hour claims.  They recently were successful in obtaining favorable discovery rulings against the plaintiffs in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

Despite having initiated the lawsuit, all of the plaintiffs, including Desh Management, its owners, and Ms. Begum’s former supervisor, Abdul Wadud, failed to respond to discovery requests.  As a result, APALC and Caldwell Leslie filed three Motions to Compel responses and for monetary sanctions against the plaintiffs and the attorney representing all of them, Lorraine Anderson. 

On March 16, 2012, the Court granted APALC’s and Caldwell Leslie’s Motions, including a motion to deem admitted each request for admission against Mr. Wadud.  In addition, the Court awarded monetary sanctions against the plaintiffs and their attorney Ms. Anderson, for abuse of the discovery process.

“Ms. Begum is a true survivor for standing up for her rights after enduring sexual harassment, battery, and numerous violations of California’s wage and hour laws. I am honored to represent her, along with co-counsel, in a case involving issues of such critical importance to the South Asian community, often overlooked by employers in Artesia’s Little India,” said Maya Roy, staff attorney at APALC.

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