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Hoglund v. Sierra Nevada Memorial-Miners Hospital (CA3 C097065 5/17/24) FEHA Standard of Review | Tax Neutralization Award

By May 17, 2024June 24th, 2024Uncategorized

Plaintiff Jessica Hoglund (Hoglund) sued her employer, defendant Sierra Nevada Memorial-Miners Hospital (Hospital), and her supervisor Rhonda Horne (Horne) (together, defendants) for age discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.  Following a bench trial, the trial court found for Hoglund on those claims and awarded her $1,431,800 in economic and non-economic damages, along with $958,297 in attorney fees and $57,333 in costs.  Defendants appeal on numerous grounds, challenging the verdict as unsupported by sufficient evidence, the damages as excessive, the statement of decision as inadequate, and the award of attorney fees and cost items as lacking evidentiary support.  Hoglund cross-appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by failing to award a tax neutralization payment.  We affirm.