There still isn't a verdict. The Pasadena Sun reported on September 7, 2012 the following:
On Aug. 28 Coppedge's attorney, William Becker, filed papers addressing the legal definition of workplace retaliation.
Judge Ernest Hiroshige must decide whether to rely on precedent established by the California Supreme Court defining retaliation as "materially adverse actions" taken against the worker for improper reasons, or whether to turn to a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating that retaliation occurs if a reasonable worker would have been deterred from speaking out about discrimination by the employer's alleged actions.
In his papers, Becker said JPL's conduct meets either standard. He said the question might be most important if Hiroshige's ruling is appealed to a higher court.
"It tees it up as an appealable issue," Becker said. "The bottom line is this: It doesn't matter what test you use, because the facts support retaliation under either case."
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