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John Kennedy

Hon. John W. Kennedy, Jr. (Ret.)

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As a JAMS neutral, Judge Kennedy has handled numerous employment disputes involving all classes of claims and the following classes of employees:

  • CEO of a computer software company
  • Regional Marketing Director
  • Chief County Administrative Officer
  • General Manager, General Sales Manager in the automotive industry
  • Human Relations Director for a hospital
  • Numerous govermental employees (including law enforcement supervisory personnel)
  • Various sales people
  • Physician terminated by a surgical center

The employment disputes Judge Kennedy has handled have covered a rand of industries including disputes in the medical technology, automotive, manufacturing, and banking industries.

As a trial judge, Judge Kennedy handled numerous employment cases including wrongful termination and discrimination claims involving gender, race, and age. He was the trial judge in Rose v. General Dynamics in which the California Supreme Court ruled that in-house corporate counsel is entitled to the same employment protection as other types of employees.

Drawing upon his judicial experience, in particular his three and one-half years of service as a family law judge, Judge Kennedy excels in dealing with the sensitive and emotional human issues that arise in the employment context.

Representative Matters

  • Age Discrimination
  • Breach of Contract
  • Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets
  • Disability and ADA Claims
  • FMLA
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Whistle Blower Claims
  • Work-Place Injuries
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Wrongful Termination

  • Disputes arising from wrongful termination of a public school superintendent
  • Wage and hour claims related to group of thirteen auto mechanics
  • Matter arising from employer’s refusal to permit Muslim employee to participate in religious observance at workplace
  • Disputes related to refusal to promote law enforcement staff because they were not women or minorities
  • Multiple actions arising from sexual harassment of female employees by male supervisors
  • Matters related to racial discrimination by auto dealer
  • Wage and hour claims arising from automotive employees who were paid on piecework basis
  • Disputes arising from failure to accommodate employees who sustained on-the-job disabilities
  • Matters related to age discrimination claims by tenured school teachers
  • Disputes related to wrongful termination of hospital’s Human Resources director
  • Disputes arising from employees’ exposure to environmental toxins at workplace
  • Age discrimination claims defended as necessary due to reduction in force
  • Wrongful termination disputes related to at-will county administrative offices
  • Failure to accommodate disputes arising from disability affecting employees’ mobility after relocation of primary work site
  • Dispute related to failure to accommodate employee who was on leave for one year due to on-the-job injury
  • Whistleblower claims of in-house attorney terminated for reporting employer’s wage and hour violations to government agency
  • Retaliation claims for reporting various violations of employer’s policies to supervisor
  • Matters arising from wrongful termination of nun who was principal at Catholic school
  • Chair, California Presiding Judges, 1999
  • Dean, California Judges' College, 1992-1994
  • Bernard Jefferson Award, California Judges' Association, 1993
  • Associate Dean, California Judges' College, 1990-1991
  • Publications include: Personality Type and Judicial Decision Making, ABA Judges' Journal, Volume 37, No.3; California Evidence, Attorneys' Briefcase (co-author)
  • ADR Profile: "Accounting for Success," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), August 13, 2010
  • Taught numerous educational programs relating to decision-making skills to about 2,000 judges nationwide and to 400-500 attorneys at various organizations including The Rutter Group, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Federal Judicial Center, National Judicial College, American Bar Association, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, California Judges Association, California State Bar Association, Pepperdine Law School and Stanford University
  • Justice Pro Tem, California Court of Appeal, 1984
  • Presiding Judge, San Bernardino County Courts, 1997-1999
  • Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Court, 1984-2000
  • Judge, California Municipal Court, 1980-1984
  • Private Practice, 1963-1964 and 1968-1977
  • Deputy District Attorney, San Bernardino County, 1964-1968 and 1978-1980
  • J.D., Stanford School of Law, 1963 (Law Review); B.A., Stanford University, 1961

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