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Brown v. Superior Court

California Supreme Court
691 P.2d 272 (1984)


Facts

Andrew Brown, Charles Jones, and Sam George (plaintiffs) worked for C.C. Myers (Myers) (defendant) and related entities doing construction work on a highway project in Alameda County. All three were fired, and they sued Myers and others over the termination. Brown and Jones alleged that Myers illegally fired them because they were black. George alleged that Myers fired him for opposing the company’s discriminatory practices. The claims in the complaint were all based on the same factual allegations. These claims included: intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful discharge, and violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The plaintiffs filed their complaint in California state court in Alameda County. Myers moved to change the case’s venue to Sacramento County because: (1) its principal place of business was there, (2) three individual defendants resided there, and (3) no defendant resided in Alameda County. The trial court granted the motion. The plaintiffs petitioned the California Supreme Court.

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