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Mark A. Wasser CA SB #060160 LAW OFFICES OF MARK A. WASSER 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1100 Sacramento. CA 95814 Phone: (916) 444-6400 Fax: (916) 444-6405 E-mail: mwasseriWmarkwasser.com

Bernard C. Barmann, Sr. KERN COUNTY COUNSEL 6 Mark Nations, Chief Deputy 1115 Truxton Avenue, Fourth Floor 7 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 868-3800 8 Fax: (661) 868-3805 I E-mail: mnations@co.kem.ca.us

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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) DECLARATION OF MARKA. WASSER ) IN OPPOSTION TO MOTION TO STRIKE

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Date: August 13, 2007 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse, Bakersfield Courtroom 8 Date Action Filed: January 6, 2007 Trial Date: August 26, 2008

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I am counsel of record for Defendants and am familiar with this action. The

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DECLARATION OF MARK A. WASSE IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STRIK

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In my written and oral communications with counsel for Plaintiff before this

motion was filed, I repeatedly suggested that the motion is premature and that Defendants will stipulate that the motion can be brought later, after reasonable discovery, and that Defendants will consider voluntarily dropping the fifth affirmative defense at or before the pretrial conference if appropriate relevant evidence has not been developed by that time. 3. No discovery has occurred between the parties but I have informally interviewed

some potential witnesses. On the basis of my limited and informal interviews I have learned that other employees at Kern Medical Center either quit or requested transfers to other departments to get away from Plaintiff and the stressful work environment he created. I have been told that, on one occasion, Plaintiff attempted to drag another physician out of a patient's hospital room by the physician's neck tie. 1 have been told of other incidents where Plaintiffs behavior upset other hospital employees and caused unreasonable stress several working relationships. 1

believe there is a good faith basis for reasonable discovery into Plaintiff s behavior during his tenure at Kern Medical Center to deternline the extent to which Plaintiff s behavior contributed to hostility in the work environment.
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Attached hereto as Exhibit I, is a true and correct copy of a draft joint scheduling

conference report that 1 submitted to Plaintiff s counsel. 1 proposed the language in section IV, A, on page, 7 in response to Eugene Lee's letter of May 11,2007 in which he \vrote that

Plaintiff "is not alleging any assault, battery, injury or wrongful death causes of action" Plaintif did not agree to the language 1 proposed and thereafter dropped his objections to the seventh affirmative defense. It remains, unchallenged, in Defendants' answer. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on July 27, 2007, at Sacramento, California.

LAW OFFICES OF MARK A WASSER By: /s/ Mark A Wasser Mark A Wasser Attorney for Defendants, County of Kern, et al.

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EXHIBIT I: Draft Joint Scheduling Report Pursuant to FRCP 26(f)

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Eugene D. Lee SB# 236812
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Mark A. Wasser SB# 060160
LAW OFFICES OF MARK WASSER

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555 West Fifth Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, California 90013 Phone: (213) 992-3299 Fax: (213) 596-0487 email: elee0)LOEL.com Attorneys fo~ Plaintiff DAVID F. JADWIN. D.O.
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400 Capilol Mall Ste 1100 Sacramento. California 95814 Phone: (916) 444-6400 Fax: (916) 444-6405 E-mail: mwasser@markwasser.com Bernard C. Bm'mann, Sr. SB# 060508
KERN COUNTY COUNSEL

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Mark Nations, Chief Deputy 1115 Truxton Avenue. Fourth Floor Bakersfield. California 93301 Phone: (661) 868-3800 Fax: (661) 868-3805 E-mail: mnationstZlco.kern.ca.us Attorneys for Defendants COUNTY OF KERN, PETER BRYAN. IRWIN HARRIS. EUGENE KERCHER. JENNIFER ABRAHAM. SCOTT RAGLAND. TONI SMITH and WILLIAM ROY UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

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8:45 am, May 31, 2007. This action \vas originally filed on January 6, 2007, and is assigned to the 2 3
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SUMMARY OF CONTENTIONS & RELIEF SOUGHT

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!. This is an individual action brought by PlaintitTDavid F. Jadwin, D.O.. a whistleblo\ving

physician with disabilities, against his employer, (i) the County of Kern ("Defendant County" or "the County"), owner and operator of Kern Medical Center ("KMC') the health facility at which Plaintiff was employed; ) individual Defendants Peter Bryan ("Bry'un"), Chief r:xecutive Officer of Kern

Medical Center ("KMC'); Eugene Kercher, M.D., President of Medical Staff at KMC ("Kercher"); Jennifer Abraham, ['vtD., lmmediate Past President of Medical Staff at KMC ("Abraham"); Scott

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Executive ofKMC, ("Smith"), both personally and in their official capacities; and (iii) individual Defendants lrVt'in

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the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at KMC ("Roy"); and DOES 1 through 10. 2. PlaintifFs claims against his employer, Defendant County, allege violations of section 1278. ~ or the Health & Safety Code l \vhich prohibits retaliation against a health care provider who reports

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violations orthe law; the California Family Rights Act (sections 12945.1, et seq., of the Government Code) ("CFRA") and the Family and Medical Leave Act (sections 2601, et seq. orthe United States Code) ("FMLA") \vhich prohibit interference with an employee's right to medica! !eave and retaliation for an employee'S exercise of the right to medical leave; and the Fair Employment and Housing Act [subdivisions (a), (m) & (n) of section 12940 of the Government Code] ("FEBA") which prohihits discrimination against an employee with a disability, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, and
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failure to engage in an interactive process; and recovery of wrongfully deducted wages under the Fair 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.c. §§ 201, ct seq.) ("FLSA"). 3. Plaintiff sues Defendants County, Roy, Harris and DOES 1 through 10, for defamation; and also sues each of the individual Defendants except for Roy and Harris, both in their personal capacity and in their official capacity as members of the KMC Joint Conference Committee (".ICC"), for violation ofPlaintiffs 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution right to procedural due process pursuant to 42 U.S.C § 1983 ("Due Process"). 4. Plaintiff brings this action for general,
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interest, costs and attorneys' fees; injunctive and declaratory relief; and other appropriate and just reliefj resulting from Defendants' unlm-vfuJ conduct.

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J. PlaintitT is not a whistleb!O\ver and is not disabled. He \vas employed by the County ofKer

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as a staff pathologist at Kern Medical Center pursuant to a \\Titten agreement and assigned to the position of Chair of the Pathology Department. 2, During his tenure at Kern Medical Center, Plaintiff's behavior caused several pathologists, technicians and support personnel whom he criticized, intimidated, harassed and retaliated against to quit and seek employment elsewhere. He alienated many of the physicians at Kern Medical Center through criticism, disruptive behavior, disrespect, anger, arrogance and retaliation. Plaintiff complaine about procedures and policies at Kern Medical Center and interfered with patient care through obstructionist behavior and secretive practices. His pathology reports \vere characterized by frequent mistakes, changes in opinion and untimely service, all of v\"hich compromised patient care. Disagreements arose bet\veen PlaintitT and many of the other physicians at Kern Medica! Center

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regarding Plaintiffs behavior, his anger and confrontational personal style, his inaccurate and untimely diagnoses, his disruptive behavior, his complaints about medica! procedures, his refusal to follow even his own rules, his intimidation of stafT and patient management. 3. As a result of the stresses and disagreements that Plaintiff brought into the \vorkplace, his
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injuries and illnesses, family health issues and outside business interests, Plaintiff requested and

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received a reduced \york schedule and multiple leaves of absence. He frequently \vorked only onc or two days a week and was absent from the hospital for long periods of time. Because he was neither working
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Pathology Department and his compensation \vas adjusted to that of a staff pathologist ,vithout departmental administrative responsibilities. 4. Management at Kern Medical Center counseled Plaintiff about his anger and confrontationa style but Plaintiff was not receptive to the counseling and the \vork environment continued to deteriorate. Plaintiff was finally pJaced on paid administrative Jeave in an effort to allow the work environment to stabilize.
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Plaintiff intends to file a Second Supplemental Complaint to include allegations of continuing discrimination and retaliation that occurred aftcr Apri124~ 2007. Plaintiff\vill insert the tollmving: On T\hy 1,2007, Defendant notifjcd Plaintiffthat he
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defense, alleges the specific privileges and immunities relied on

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regard to the fourth affirmative defense. aHeges the specific provisions of Cal. Civ. Section 47 relied on with f!reatcr,particular~tX,Jiii).,elimin_~~?sjthe seventh .affirmative defense (Cal. Civ. Proc. Co~e,.,_~ 335.1 two-year statute of limitations), and (lv) alleges the ninth affirmative defense (qualified immunity) \vith
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2reater particularity;::"~lai~tiff has ag,reed. ~n principle to stivulate to the amendment, provided, ho\vcver

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that Defendants first provide Plaintiff with the Amended Answer in the form in which Defendants inten to file it for Plaintiffs prior review.
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Ill. SUMMARY OF UNCONTESTED AND CONTESTED FACTS.
A. Uncontested Facts 1. At all material times, Defendant Kern County \vas a local public entity \'.iithin the meaning 0 sections 811.2 & 900.4 of the Government Code and is operating in Kern County, California. 2. During the entire course of Plaintiffs employment, Defendant Kern County has continuousl been an employer \vithin the meaning of Fi'v-lLA 129 C.F.R. § 825.105(C}], CFRA [Gov't Code § 12945,2(b)(2l] FFHA [Gov'! Code § 12926(dl]. and FLSA [29 U,S,c. §203] engaged in interstate commerce, and regularly employing more than nfty employees within seventy five miles of Plaintiffs \vorkplace, 3. Defendant Bryan was Chief Executive Officer ofKMC and a resident of California during most of the time aiJeged in the Complaint. 4, At all material times, Defendant Eugene Kercher \-vas a citizen of California, a resident of
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Kern County, California, and President ofKMC Medical Staff, and a member of the KMC Joint Conference Committee ("JCC"), 5, At all material times, Defendant 1nvin lIarris \-vas a citizen of California, and a resident of

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Kern County, California and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at KMC

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because he ;vas neither \vorking full·time nor present in the hospital. 21. Defendant County subsequently amended Plaintiff's employment agreement to reduce Plaintiffs base compensation. 22. Defendant County appointed Dr. Philip Dutt Acting Chair of the Pathology Department 23. Plaintiff returned to work as a stafT pathologist at KMC on October 4, 2006.
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24. Plaintiff exchanged written correspondence with KMC Interim CEO David Culberson and 2
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A. Undisputed issues

1. Plaintiff is not seeking damages or relief for an\! personal injuries that v'iOuld be \vithin the scoRe of section 335.1 Grthe CaUJornia Code of CIvil Procedure.swd the scope of anv relief awagled in this matter shall be limited accordingly

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2. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Health & Safety Code § 1278.5, entitling 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Plaintiff to damages for retaliation for reporting his concerns about the health and safety of patients. 3. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Lab. Code § 1102.5, entitling Plaintiff to damages for retaliation against him for reporting suspected illegal acts. 4. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Gov't Code §§ 12945.1, et seq and 2 C.CR. 7297.7(a), entitling Plaintiff to damages for retaliation for exercising his right to CFRA medical leave. 5. Whether Defendants Kern County and Bryan violated 29 U.S.c. Plaintiff to damages for interference with his FMLA Rights. 6. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Gov't Code §§ 12945.1, et seq., entitling
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7. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Gov't. Code § 12940(a) entitling Plaintiff to damages for disability discrimination. 8. Whether Defendant Kern County violated Cal. Gov't Code § 12940(m) entitlingPlaintifTto damages for failure to provide reasonable accommodation, and an injunction requiring compliance. 9. \Vbethcr Defendant Kern ·violated Cal. OO\-"t Code
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damages and injunctive relief for failure to engage in good faith in an interactive process. and an injunction requiring compliance. 10. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C § 1983, whether Defendants Bryan, Kercher, Ragland, Abraham, and I Smith. both personally and in their respective official capacities, violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution entitling Plaintiff to damages and injunctive relief for procedural due process violations. 1 J. \Vhether Defendants Kern County, Roy, and Harris violated Cal. Civ. Code §§ 45· 47 entitling Plaintiff for damages for defamation. 12. Whether Defendant Kern County violated 29 U.S.c. §201 ct seq. entitling Plaintiff to damages for 'wages lost during periods when he was ready, willing, and able to \vork, but was denied reduced schedule medical leave, and forced to take full time leave; and an injunction requiring compliance.
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A. Rule 26(a)(l) Initial Disclosure Deadline
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3. Subjects of Discovery: Plaintiff believes discovery will be needed on: (i) the various patient

care quality and regulatory non-compliance issues with respect to which PlaintiIfblevv the whistle, (ii)
KMC's policies and procedures regarding reasonable accommodation of disabled employees, engaging in interactive process \vith disabled employees, FMLA/CFRA !cave, discrimination/retaliation against \vhistlebJowing employees, reduced \vork schedule, etc., (iii) the circumstances surrounding and decision-making behind the various adverse employment actions taken against Plaintiff, including: reprimand of PlaintitT in connection \vith his presentation at the October 2005 oncology conference.

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his employment history, his outside business interests, specific events that transpired during Plaintiffs

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employment, the relationships between Plaintiff and the other physicians and staff at KMC, the tUl-nove and departures of physicians and stafffrorn the Pathology Department during Plaintiff's chairmanship, the circumstances of and reasons for Plaintiff's leaves of absence and reduced work schedule and the reasons why Plaintiff claims he is disabled. 4. Phasing: The parties arc not presently aware of any reason to phase discovery. 5. Limitations to or Focus upon Particular Issues: The parties arc not presently aware of any limitations on discovery. 6. Depositions: The parties have agreed that July 2,2007 is the first possible date to send out deposition notices, The parties have agreed that July 23 ,2007 is the first possible date for oral depositions. Because most depositions will be held in Bakersfield and all counsel are out-of-tmvn, the parties have agreed to schedule depositions in blocks of multiple depositions at a single time to make travel as cost-effective as possible. The parties \vil! set depositions on Tuesdays, \Vedncsda)'s and Thursdays and \'vill allow enough time bet\\'een settings to allow adequate preparation. Shorter

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The parties have in their custody and possession e-mails related to issues in this action and have each made requests of the other that all such e-mails be preserved and disclosed. I'he parties shall produce e-mails to eaeh other in Microsoft Outlook format. The parties are not presently mvare of any other electronic discm'ef)' issues.
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D. Confidentialitv Orders Documents to be produced include patient medical records that contain confidential patient health care information, medical peer review records that are cont1dential pursuant to California Evidence Code section 1157, some documents that are protected by the attorney/client privilege and
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some documents that include attorney \vark-product and trial preparation materials. The Defendants ar 2 3 4 5 6
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certain specified relevant memos and e-mails that \vere sent to legal counsel for the County of Kern, as

well as other, non-Iu\-vyer, County employees'rs~all not be construed as a waiver of the attorney/client privilege. Tbe n,arties hereby agree that Defendants'production of certain specified documents that include attorney workwproduct and trial preparation materials shall not constitute a waiver of either the ,>vark-product or trial preparation materials privileges as to any other materials. The p,arties hereb)'agree that, in order to preserve the conJ'identia!i.tyrequired for continued effective treatment of Plaintiffs depression, anxiety, insomnia, and emotional distress,
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treating psychiatrists/psychologists shall not be required to produce their actual treatment notes, but instead shall produce a summary oftheir treatment of PlaintitT's depression and emotional distress, including their diagnoses and prognoses, and the basis for their opinion, including rav.;, data of any psychological testing. Plaintiff is willing to undergo psychological examination by Defendants' qualified expert pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 34 subject to a stipulation regarding

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deposition of the Plaintiff will take up to 21 hours because of the quantity of material that needs to be

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XI. BIFURCATION OF TRIAL Neither party anticipates the need for bifurcation,

The parties are unmNure of any related matters pending in this Court or any other court, includin)
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RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED on May 24, 2007,

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DOCUMENT INFO
Description: David F. Jadwin v. Kern County: 1:07-cv-26 in the United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division before Judge Oliver W. Wanger. This was a 2009 federal employment lawsuit that went to a bench and jury trial resulting in a unanimous verdict and significant judgment for the plaintiff employee. Issues involved violations of medical leave and disability discrimination laws, as well as 42 U.S.C. 1983 procedural due process violation. Plaintiff was represented by Eugene Lee, a Los Angeles, California employment lawyer.