Plaintiff appealed a judgment following a jury decision in favor of Defendant employer Caltrans (also known as the State Department of Transportation) and his supervisor in an employment discrimination case. Plaintiff Kenneth Hatai alleged he was treated differently because of Japanese ancestry and Asian heritage. Plaintiff sought to prove the claim by showing that his supervisor, who was of Arab descent, discriminated against any employees who were not of Arab descent. The trial court refused to allow the theory, but allowed Plaintiff Hatai to present evidence of anti-Asian feelings. The appeals court affirmed the judgment, finding the decision was not a prejudicial error. Hatai v. Department of Transportation.
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