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August 9, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale may challenge a jury's decision to award $385,000 to a former Glendale jailer who claimed she was discriminated against because she is a lesbian. A jury in Superior Court in Burbank on July 28 awarded Joni Grand $260,000 for lost earnings and medical expenses and $125,000 in damages after the city was found liable for intentional infliction of emotionally distress. The 9-3 vote was the minimum votes need to find the city liable.
By Veronica Rocha, | March 7, 2012
Three Armenian Glendale police officers filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging racial discrimination and continued retaliation after they filed a claim against the department in federal court two years ago. Officers Vahak Mardikian, John Balian and Tigran Topadzhikyan also allege in the latest lawsuit filed against the city and high-ranking members of the Glendale Police Department that they have been unfairly placed...
By Veronica Rocha, | November 20, 2013
An alleged lack of promotion and diversity in supervisory positions within the Glendale Police Department signaled the “good old boys were alive and well in Glendale,” Lt. Tigran Topadzhikyan's attorney told jurors Tuesday as the trial in his federal discrimination lawsuit got underway . Topadzhikyan, who claims he was often passed over for promotion s because he is Armenian, was unfairly subjected to internal investigations despite...
June 14, 2003
Darleene Barrientos A three-judge panel upheld a $5.1-million age discrimination award against Glendale-based Nestle USA, Inc. after it found the company continually refused to promote a Los Angeles man in his 40s. A jury found Nestle intentionally discriminated against Richard Herr, who was hired as an auditor at the company's Glendale offices, and coerced him into quitting his job, according to the opinion ...
February 8, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Federal prosecutors have rejected a Glendale man's claims that the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Strike Force has singled out Armenians in Glendale for prosecution. In a motion filed last week, federal prosecutors argued against defense attorney Mark Geragos' legal motion that a judge should throw out a Glendale man's extortion case because of unfair prosecution. Geragos is representing Henzel Harutian, who is accused of threatening a man for failing to make payments for a Glendale sewing factory he bought from Harutian.
September 21, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- The debate over whether Glendale should give out federal block grant funds to groups such as the Boy Scouts of America resumes today before the city's Human Relations Coalition. The coalition put off its vote in August to give its members more to study the exact wording of the recommendation by a three-member committee, which called on the City Council to ban giving any funds to groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation and other categories.
April 3, 2012
As testimony wrapped up Monday in the trial for an Armenian American Burbank police detective who alleged he was harassed and faced discrimination, a psychiatrist hired by the city described him as narcissistic and deeply insecure. Det. Steve Karagiosian, who was evaluated by psychiatrist Lester Michael Zackler for the city, was described in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday as “detail oriented” and a “perfectionist” who also had a “defensive, paranoid stance.” All of those attributes combined to creating a need to “puffing oneself up,” Zackler testified.
By Veronica Rocha, | December 6, 2013
A federal jury rejected a Glendale police lieutenant's claim Friday afternoon that he was harassed and discriminated against because he is Armenian-American. Jurors deliberated for only a short time in U.S. District Court in Riverside before reaching their verdict, dismissing Lt. Tigran Topadzhikyan's claims against the city and Glendale Police Department. “The jury found what we have been saying all along,” City Attorney Michael Garcia said, adding the jury's verdict confirms that “there just wasn't any evidence of retaliation and discrimination.” He said the city is “gratified,” knowing that when the time came to provide evidence, jurors reviewed it and sided with them.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | February 23, 2008
BURBANK — Capping an end to a tense trial that pitted the Glendale Police Department against one of its veteran officers, a jury found on Friday that the department did not engage in discrimination in denying the officer’s attempts at promotion. Twenty-two-year Officer Patricia Larrigan, who was injured on the job in 1994, alleged that she was denied a promotion to sergeant because of her disabilities. But department officials argued that while Larrigan passed two of three portions of the sergeant testing process in 2003 and 2005, she never passed all three.
By Brittany Levine, | March 7, 2012
In the past, race has been one of the biggest issues when it came to fair housing impediments in Glendale, but now people with disabilities and large families face greater discrimination, according to a recent report to the city's Housing Authority. The shift follows cultural changes that came with significant growth in Glendale's foreign-born population, especially Armenian, and a protracted recession that turned the housing market upside-down. It's also in line with national trends, said Veronica Tam, a consultant who created the Fair Housing Impediment Analysis.
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