Abed claims Western Dental discovered while she was an extern at one of its offices that she was pregnant.  When she inquired about permanent employment, Western Dental’s representative falsely told her there were no openings at that time, allegedly because he did not want to employ a pregnant woman.  This decision holds that Abed submitted sufficient evidence to overcome Western Dental’s summary judgment motion, creating a question of fact as to whether she had been discriminated against in violation of the FEHA.  To pursue the FEHA claim, Abed did not need to show that she had made a formal application for employment; it was enough for her to show that she was deterred from applying for employment by Western Dental’s discriminatory policies and acts.

California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 1 (Humes, P.J.); May 23, 2018 (partial publication); 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 475