Lucasfilm Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Settles Out of Court

Disney elects to settle long-running case

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:01 PM PDT
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Lucasfilm Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Settles Out of Court

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George Lucas had to testify in a 2010 lawsuit that said his company discriminated against a new hire who became pregnant.

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A high-profile, lengthy and "bitterly-fought" pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed against Lucasfilm Ltd. "more than four years ago" has been settled out of court, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

That spares Julie Veronese, who filed the suit four years ago, after she says she was denied a promised job when she became pregnant, and George Lucas, who testified in 2010, the ordeal of a second trial, which was to begin in January, the newspaper reported.

Veronese was 36 when she applied for a job to be the assistant of estate manager Sarita Patel at the San Anselmo ranch of the Star Wars founder. She was hired -- but then terminated, she said, after she became pregnant.

Lucasfilm attorneys responded with the claim that Veronese -- the daughter in law of Angela Alioto, a well-connected San Francisco attorney, who represented her -- had a bad "attitude" and tried to "conceal" her pregnancy, the newspaper reported.

A Marin jury ruled in her favor -- saying that Lucasfilm committed "pregnancy discrimination, failure to prevent pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination" -- in 2010 and awarded $1.3 million, including $1.2 million in attorney's fees.

An appeals court last year reversed the verdict, and the state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

It's not known what terms Lucasfilm, now owned by Disney, offered in the settlement.

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