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Esparza v. County of Los Angeles, B243496

Dismissal of plaintiffs' suit alleging that they were improperly terminated or demoted when defendant's Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve the Office of Public Safety (OPS) (where plaintiffs worked), merge its functions with the Sheriff's Department, and plaintiffs failed to qualify for deputy sheriff positions but were offered lower paying positions, is affirmed, where: 1) defendant-county's decision to dissolve OPS is immunized from liability under Government Code section 818.2; and 2) collateral estoppel applies to bar plaintiffs' claims against the Sheriff's Department under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/05/2014
  • Published 03/05/2014




  • California Court of Appeal