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Meeks v. AutoZone, Inc., 24 Cal. App.5th 855 (2018)

The Appellate Case

The case Meeks v. AutoZone, Inc., involves a woman named Natasha Meeks who sued her employer, AutoZone, Inc., and her alleged harasser, Juan Fajardo. Meeks claimed that she was sexually harassed at work and that AutoZone did not take adequate steps to prevent this harassment. She also claimed that she faced retaliation for reporting this harassment. All of these claims were brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

The case proceeded to trial and the court initially ruled in favor of AutoZone for Meeks’s retaliation claim [1]. This is a legal way of saying that the court decided that Meeks didn’t have enough evidence to win this claim. During the trial, Meeks dropped her sexual battery claim, which is a serious charge of sexual misconduct. For the remaining claims, the jury decided in favor of Fajardo and AutoZone. This means that the jury did not believe that Meeks had been subjected to unwanted harassment because she is a woman .

After the trial, the court’s decision was partly affirmed and partly reversed. This means that some parts of the initial decision were kept the same and some parts were changed. Specifically, the court kept the decision that AutoZone was not guilty of retaliation against Meeks [1]. The court also agreed with the original decision regarding the sexual battery claim. However, the court disagreed with the original decision on Meeks’s other claims. As a result, these claims were sent back for a new trial, which is a do-over of the original trial.

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