Key Decisions

July 2012 – Online Filing Can Satisfy Requirements Of Verified Complaint

(filed under: Key Decisions Archive | July 16, 2012)

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An Online Filing Can Satisfy the Requirements Of A Verified Complaint

Rickards v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
(Cal. Ct. of App., 2d Dist.), filed June 19, 2012 

George Rickards sued United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) for violating the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Gov. Code section 12900, et seq.). The trial court granted UPS’s summary judgment in favor of UPS. It did so on the sole ground that Rickards did not file a verified complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and thus failed to satisfy this jurisdictional prerequisite for filing a lawsuit under FEHA.

The Court of Appeal conclude that the complaint Rickards’ attorney filed through DFEH’s online automated system was sufficient under FEHA.