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HARMEETK.DHILLON(SBN:207873) KENLAU(SBN:261354) DHILLON&SMITHLLP 177PostStreet,Suite700 SanFrancisco,CA94108 Tel: (415)4331700 Fax: (415)5206593 harmeet@dhillonsmith.com klau@dhillonsmith.com AttorneysforPLAINTIFFADAMWITHERSPOON SUPERIORCOURTOFCALIFORIA FORTHECOUNTYOFSANTACLARA ADAMWITHERSPOON, CaseNo.: Plaintiff, COMPLAINTFOR: v. (1) RetaliationforReportingUnsafeWork Conditions(LaborCode6310) COLORLABS,INC.,BILLNGUYEN,and DOES1through15, (2) WrongfulRetaliationinViolationof PublicPolicy(LaborCode6310) Defendants. (3) WrongfulRetaliationforReporting IllegalConduct(LaborCode1102.5) (4) IntentionalInflictionofEmotional Distress (5) TortiousInterferenceWithProspective EconomicAdvantage (6) UnfairBusinessPractices(Business& ProfessionsCode17200) 1
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PlaintiffADAMWITHERSPOON,byandthroughhisattorneys,allegesasfollows: INTRODUCTION 1. AdamWitherspoonwasafounderofColorLabs,Inc.(Color),acompany

hehelpedfoundatthebehestofBillNguyen,serialentrepreneur.Nguyen,withthe acquiescenceofColorsboard,consistingofseveralprominentventurecapitalinvestor firmrepresentatives,createdanextremelyhostile,unsafe,andharassingatmosphereat Color,includingbringinganarmedcronyintotheworkplacetothreatenandintimidate employeescooperatinginaninvestigationintoNguyensfinancialandother improprieties.NguyenthreatedviolenceagainstWitherspoonsyoungsononseveral occasions.Nguyenroutinelyhumiliated,harassed,ridiculed,exploited,andpunished employees,whodepartedindroves.Finally,whenthecompanyfailedandkeyassets werebeingsoldtoApple,NguyenspecificallyretaliatedagainstWitherspoonbyblocking hisjobopportunitiesatApple,offeringhimademinimisseverancepackage,disparaging himintheworkplace,andcommunicatingtoothersthatWitherspoonwasbeing punishedforcooperatingwithaninvestigationintoNguyensupervisedbyColors outsidecounsel,GundersonDettmer.ThiscomplaintisfiledtoholdColorLabs,Inc., Nguyen,andtheirenablersliablefortheextremeandoutrageousmisconductperpetrated againstWitherspooninviolationofCaliforniastatutoryandtortlaws. THEPARTIES 2. PlaintiffAdamWitherspoonisaresidentofSantaClaraCountyintheState

ofCalifornia.HewasacofounderofDefendantColorLabs,Inc.andemployedbyColor asoneofitsfirstemployeestoprocure,setup,andmaintainColorstechnology,its servers,andfacilities.HisofficialtitleatColorwasQualityAssuranceEngineer. 3. DefendantColorisaDelawarecorporationwithitsprincipalplaceof

businessinSantaClaraCounty. 4. DefendantBillNguyenisthefounderandoriginalCEOofColor,and

PlaintiffWitherspoonsdirectsupervisor.CounselforColorwillnotconfirmNguyens currentcapacity,ifany,atColor. 2
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PlaintiffWitherspoonisunawareofthetruenamesorcapacitiesofthe

DefendantssuedhereinunderthefictitiousnamesDOES1through15,butpraysfor leavetoamendandservesuchfictitiouslynamedDefendantspursuanttoCalifornia CodeofCivilProcedure474oncetheirnamesandcapacitiesbecomeknown. 6. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatDOES1

through15arethepartners,agents,owners,shareholders,managers,directors,or employeesofColoractingonColorandNguyensbehalf. 7. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthateachandall

oftheactsandomissionsallegedhereinwereperformedby,orareattributableto,Color, Nguyen,andDOES1through15,witheachhavingthelegalauthoritytoactastheagent fortheother.TheactsofanyandallDefendantswereinaccordancewith,andrepresent, theofficialpolicyofDefendants. 8. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatColor,

Nguyen,andDOES1through15ratifiedeachandeveryactoromissionofwhich PlaintiffWitherspooncomplains.Defendantsaidedandabettedtheactsandomissionsof theotherDefendantsinproximatelycausingthedamagesPlaintiffWitherspoonalleges. 9. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthateach

Defendantisinsomemannerintentionally,negligently,orotherwiseresponsibleforthe acts,omissions,occurrences,andtransactionsallegedherein.Itshallbedeemedthat wheneverandwhereverinthiscomplaintanydefendant,whetherspecificallynamedor not,isthesubjectofanychargingallegation,DOES1to15arelikewisethesubjectofthat allegation. JURISDICTIONANDVENUE 10. ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuanttotheCalifornia

Constitution,ArticleVI,Section10,whichgrantstheSuperiorCourtoriginaljurisdiction inallcausesexceptthosegivenbystatutetoothercourts.Thestatutesunderwhichthis actionisbroughtdonotspecifyanyotherbasisforjurisdiction. 3


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ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverallDefendantsbecause,uponinformation

andbelief,eachDefendantiseitheracitizenofCalifornia,hassufficientminimum contactsinCalifornia,orotherwiseintentionallyavailsitselforhim/herselfofthe CaliforniamarketsoastorendertheexerciseofjurisdictionoveritbytheCalifornia courtsconsistentwithtraditionalnotionsoffairplayandsubstantialjustice. 12. VenueisproperinthisCourtbecauseoneormoreofthenamedDefendants

resides,transactsbusiness,orhasofficesinSantaClaraCounty,andtheactsand omissionsallegedhereintookplaceinthiscounty. GENERALALLEGATIONS 13. In2009,PlaintiffWitherspoonbecameacquaintedwithDefendantNguyen

inHawaii,wherePlaintiffWitherspoonandhisfamilylived. 14. Severalmonthsaftertheybecameacquainted,DefendantNguyen,aserial

entrepreneur,persuadedPlaintiffWitherspoonandhiswife,JessicaJordan,tomoveto Californiawiththeiryoungsontohelpfoundanewcompany. 15. InAugust2010,DefendantNguyen,withthehelpofPlaintiffWitherspoon,

Jordan,andotherfirstemployees,foundedColor.Jordanjoinedthecompanytohandle sales. 16. AsPlaintiffWitherspoonwasapersonalacquaintanceofDefendantNguyen

andalsooneofColorscofounders,Witherspoonregularlyworkedanintense,breakneck scheduletobuildColorfromthegroundupandkeepColorsserversrunningoptimally, aswellasperformingotherinformationtechnologyservicestosupportthecompanys operations,employeesandgrowth. 17. PlaintiffWitherspoonandDefendantNguyensfamiliesalsospenta

significantamountofpersonaltimetogether.Theirsons,thesameage,onceattendedthe sameelementaryschoolinPaloAlto.Theyattendedmanysocialgatheringstogether involvingthechildren.Eventually,however,theirsonscouldnotgetalong.Theconflict betweentheirsonscausedastraininPlaintiffWitherspoonandDefendantNguyens relationship,asNguyenandhiswifeAmandablamedPlaintiffWitherspoonssonforthe 4


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lackofagreementbetweentheboys. 18. InDecember2010,theWitherspoonandNguyenfamiliestraveledtoLake

TahoetospendChristmastogether.Oneearlymorning,Jordanwalkedintotheroom wheretheirchildrenwerestayingandwitnessedNguyenkickingNguyensoldersonin thestomach.PlaintiffWitherspoonbelievedthatNguyenscorporalpunishmentofhis ownsoninfrontofotherswasmeantasashowofforcetointimidateWitherspoonsson, becauseDefendantNguyenlaterexplainedthathehadpunishedhisoldersonforthe WitherspoonsonandtheolderNguyensonallegedlyhavingexcludingtheyounger Nguyensonfromplay. 19. AlthoughtheWitherspoonswantedtoleavefollowingthisbrutalassault,

theywereinaveryawkwardposition,sincePlaintiffWitherspoonandJordanboth workedforDefendantNguyen.DefendantNguyenstatedthattheWitherspoonsons behaviorwasoutofcontrolandabadinfluenceonhisson. 20. Uponinformationandbelief,NguyentoldanothercofounderofColor,

formerChiefFinancialOfficerAlyssaSolomon,thatWitherspoonssonwasawimp anduncoordinatedandthatNguyendidnotwanthischildrentosocializewith Witherspoonsson. 21. Uponinformationandbelief,theolderNguyensonoriginallyattendedthe

SacredHeartsSchoolinAtherton.TheSacredHeartsSchoolaskedthattheolderNguyen leavetheschool.DefendantNguyenthenenrolledtheolderNguyensoninthePaloAlto UnifiedSchoolDistrict,andhewasassignedtoAddisonElementaryandinthesameclass astheWitherspoonson. 22. InoraroundJune2011,JordanandLindseyIndelicatowereattheBonnaroo

MusicFestivalforamarketingeventforColor.BothIndelicatoandJordaninjured themselvesbysteppingonspikesthatprotrudedfromtheground,butJordansinjury requiredthatshehavestitches.WhenJordaninquiredaboutfilingaworkers compensationclaim,DefendantNguyenremarkedthatJordanwasapussyandthathe wouldobjecttosuchaclaim.Jordandidnotfileaclaim,andinsteadcoveredtheoutof 5


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pocketmedicalcostsherself. 23. InoraroundSeptember2011,theNguyensinvitedtheWitherspoonsand

Solomontodinner.SolomonschildrenrepeatedlyreportedtheolderNguyensons misbehavior.JordanandSolomonbothwitnessedDefendantNguyengrabhissonbythe skinofthebackofhisneckandthrowhimdownthehall.JordantoldSolomonwithin earshotoftheNguyensthatSolomonshouldstopherchildrenfromreportingtheolder Nguyensonsbehavior,orthattheirchildrenwouldbeinseveretrouble. 24. ThefollowingdayatColorsoffices,DefendantNguyensummonedJordan

andstatedthattheirfamilieswouldnolongermeetsociallyduetotheWitherspoonsons behavior.DefendantNguyeninsinuatedthatthemisbehaviorofPlaintiffWitherspoons sonwasduetoPlaintiffWitherspoonsfailingsasaparent. 25. Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyenconsultedDr.Annye

RothenbergofEmeraldHillsforhissonsbehaviorproblems. 26. DefendantNguyendirectedtheWitherspoons,hissubordinatesatColor,to

taketheirsontoseeDr.AnnyeRothenberg,andvowedthathewouldnotsocializewith PlaintiffWitherspoonuntiltheWitherspoonsworkedwithDr.Rothenbergtocorrectthe Witherspoonsonsbehavior.Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyenalso instructedhissontostopinteractingwiththeWitherspoonsonatschool. 27. DuetothepurportedproblemsbetweenDefendantNguyenandPlaintiff

Witherspoonssons,Jordancontactedthechildrensteacher,MonikaHastings,tomonitor thesituation.Ms.HastingstoldJordanthatMrs.Nguyenhadbeencontactingherto inquireabouttheWitherspoonsonsbehavioronadailybasis.Ms.HastingstoldJordan thatshehadconveyedinformationabouttheWitherspoonsontotheNguyens. 28. Outofdesperation,andunderdirectpressurefromtheiremployer,around

October2011,theWitherspoonscontactedDr.RothenbergandJordanexplainedthe entiresituationtoher.Uponinformationandbelief,Dr.Rothenbergreportedinformation abouttheWitherspoonsbacktoDefendantNguyen.Whenabillingissuearosearound December2011,ratherthancontacttheWitherspoonsforaresolution,Dr.Rothenberg 6


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contactedDefendantNguyeninstead.Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyen convincedDr.RothenbergthatastheWitherspoonsboss,hewasentitledtobeinvolved intheprocessoftheWitherspoonsonscase. 29. Shortlythereafter,DefendantNguyenunfriendedPlaintiffWitherspoon

onthesocialnetworkingsite,facebook.Thiswashighlyunusual,becausethemobile applicationthatColorbaseditsbusinessmodelonreliedonfacebookinteraction. 30. Infearoflosingtheirjobsbutalsofearfulfortheirsonssafety,the

WitherspoonscontactedAddisonElementarysprincipalJocelynGarciaThomeand requestedatransferoftheirsontoanotherschoolinthedistrict. 31. Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyentoldColoremployees

MeganStriech,Indelicato,andSolomonhowmuchhehatedtheWitherspoonson.Upon informationandbelief,DefendantNguyenopenlyboastedintheworkplaceonseveral occasionsthathewascoachinghissontobeattheshitoutoftheWitherspoonson. 32. ThePaloAltoUnifiedSchoolDistrictisoneofthemostcompetitivepublic

schooldistrictsinthenation.Uponinformationandbelief,itisextremelydifficulttogeta childtransferredfromoneschooltoanotherduringtheschoolyear.Nonetheless,under thecircumstances,theWitherspoonswereabletoconvinceprincipalGarciaThomeand theschooldistrictthatitwasimperativethattheirsonbetransferredoutofthereachof theNguyensandtheirattemptstoforcecounselingandtreatmentupontheirsonwhile simultaneouslythreateningthattheWitherspoonsonwouldbebeatenbyNguyensson, asNguyenhadopenlyboasted. 33. InoraroundSeptember2011,ColoremployeeAndreCharooinadvertently

hadsomeinformationleakedtothepresspriortothelaunchofanewColorproduct. DefendantNguyenorderedotherColoremployeestogatherandlisteninonaphonecall withCharoowhowascryingandunawareotherColoremployeeswerelisteningin.In thisphonecall,Nguyenscreamedat,humiliated,andfiredCharoooverthephone.After thecall,NguyenannouncedthisincidenttotheentireColorteamasanexampleofwhat wouldhappentothemiftheymadeamistake.DefendantNguyenhadinthepasthurled 7


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numerousprofanitiesagainstCharoo,suchastellinghimtoShutthefuckup,dumbass inameeting. 34. Inoraroundlate2011,SolomonbegannoticingdiscrepanciesinColors

finances.Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyenwasspendingcorporatefunds onnumerouspersonalitems,suchaschargingpersonalitemsonColorsAmerican Expresscardandputtinghisfamilysnanny,SallyOrr,andhisfamilysLakeTahoebased skiinstructor,HillaryGoverner,onColorspayroll. 35. InretaliationforSolomonsinvestigationintohismisuseofColors

corporatefundsandotherfiduciarymisconduct,DefendantNguyenexpressedhisintent tofireSolomoninfrontofColoremployeesonnumerousoccasions.Coloremployees, includingPlaintiffWitherspoon,hadnodoubtthatSolomonwasonherwayoutasa directresultofNguyensvindictivethreats. 36. InFebruary2012,SolomonsentacordialemailtotheColorteam,stating

thatshewasleavingtoworkonanewproject.DefendantNguyenopenlyproclaimedto ColoremployeesthathehadfiredSolomon.Coloremployees,includingPlaintiff Witherspoon,understoodNguyensstatementtoimplythatanyotheremployeewhohad thenervetostanduptohimandreporthismisconductwouldalsobeeliminatedfrom Color. 37. TamaraSteffens,aVicePresidentofSalesandMarketingwhojoinedColor

inJanuary2012,becamesuspiciousofDefendantNguyensmisuseofColorfunds,based onhiserraticbehaviortowardsColoremployeesandhisremarksaboutthedeparted Solomon. 38. InoraroundMay2012,SteffensandJordanwenttoNewYorkCityona

businesstrip.IndelicatoplacedatelephonecalltoJordanwhileJordanwasonabusiness triptoNewYorkCitywithSteffens.IndelicatowascryingandindicatedtoJordanthat DefendantNguyenwantedtoknowifPlaintiffWitherspoon,Jordan,andtheirfamily wereplanningtoattendIndelicatosbabyshower.Jordanrespondedaffirmativelyand thattheWitherspoonshadalreadyrepliedtoIndelicatosinvitation.Indelicatoexplained 8


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toJordanthatDefendantNguyensentanemailtoIndelicatostatingthathedidnotcare forPlaintiffWitherspoonandhisfamilyoutsidetheofficeandwouldrefusetoattendany socialeventiftheWitherspoonsonwasattending.Indelicatofurtherexplainedthat DefendantNguyenaskedhertocontacttheWitherspoonsaboutwhethertheywould attend.AsaresultofIndelicatostelephonecall,theWitherspoonswereforcedtonot attendIndelicatosbabyshower. 39. JordandescribedthephonecalltoSteffens,whobecamesuspiciousofthe

circumstancessurroundingSolomonsdeparturefromColor.OnoraboutJune2012, SteffenscontactedSolomon,whoexposedNguyensindiscretionstoSteffens. 40. Uponinformationandbelief,Solomonfearedforhersafetyandsoughtthe

assistanceoftheDougLeonefromtheColorBoardofDirectors(Board)toensureshe wouldbeprotectedfromDefendantNguyenoranybodyworkingonhisbehalf.Upon informationandbelief,inoraroundJune2012,Solomonalsosubmittedfinancial documentssubstantiatingtheallegationsagainstDefendantNguyensfiduciary misconduct. 41. Uponinformationandbelief,afterSteffensconductedherown

investigation,shebroughttheserevelationstotheattentionofColorsBoard.TheBoard wascomprisedofDougLeone,BillNguyen,VincentMallet,MikeKrupka,andGeoff RalstonthelatterthreebeingalliesofDefendantNguyen. 42. TheBoardheavilystackedinDefendantNguyensfavorandcomposed

largelyofrepresentativesofmajorinvestorswhohadfundedthecompanywithsome $41,000,000atfirstdidnothing. 43. Uponinformationandbelief,Leonehopedtotakeaction,buttheother

BoardmemberstookahandsoffapproachbasedonDefendantNguyenstrackrecord ofprevioussuccess.TheBoardturnedablindeyetoDefendantNguyensquestionable businesspractices,erraticbehaviorandoutrageousanddespicabletreatmentof employeesevenafterreceivingspecificinformationfromSolomonandSteffensand beingfullyawareoftheabuseofemployees.Inshort,theBoardabdicateditsroleof 9


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responsibilityforoverseeingNguyensperformance. 44. Uponinformationandbelief,CoreyDunphyworksfortheOfficeofthe

InspectorGeneral(OIG)andregularlycarriesafirearm.Dunphyisapersonalfriendof DefendantNguyen. 45. DefendantNguyenbraggedtoColoremployeesincludingPlaintiff

WitherspoonandIndelicatothatDunphywasabletoputemployeeswhocrossed Nguyenonnoflylists,havethoseemployeescreditruined,andwasotherwiseableto getthoseemployeesintoothertypesoftrouble,byvirtueofDunphyspositionatthe OIG. 46. OnoraboutJuly12,2012,PlaintiffWitherspoon,alongwithmanyother

Coloremployees,observedDunphyenterColorfacilitieswithhisfirearminplainview. DunphywentdirectlytoDefendantNguyen,andthetwoconferredinprivate. 47. Uponinformationandbelief,onoraboutJuly12,2012,followinghis

meetingwithDunphyDefendantNguyenaskedSteffensifshehadseenDunphywithhis Glockhandgun.WhenSteffensansweredaffirmatively,DefendantNguyenrevealedto SteffensthatDunphywastheguyImgoingtousetoputAlyssa(Solomon)intofederal prison. 48. LaterthatdayonJuly12,2012,BoardmemberGeoffRalstoncalledPlaintiff

WitherspoonandquestionedhimaboutwhathappenedearlierinthedayatColor. BecauseRalstonwasaknownallyofDefendantNguyen,andgivenNguyensirrational, vindictiveandretaliatorybehaviorandthreatstowardotherColoremployees,Plaintiff WitherspoonwashesitanttospeaktoRalston. 49. AfterbeingreassuredthatSteffenshadapprovedofRalstonsquestioning,

PlaintiffWitherspoonexplainedhisconcernsaboutDefendantNguyenserraticconduct, thehostileworkenvironment,andthatDunphysunexplainedappearanceatColorwith afirearmexacerbatedthefeelingofemployeesbeingthreatenedwithretaliationand violenceintheworkplace. 10


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Uponinformationandbelief,SteffensapproachedtheBoardtoexpressher

disapprovalathowDefendantNguyenwasrunningColorandhowDefendantNguyen wasabusingColoremployees.Specifically,Steffensbroachedthethreateningnatureof theunannounced,unexplainedvisitbyaguntotingDunphytoColorsfacilities, particularlyinthewakeofNguyenspreviousthreatsabouthowhehadruthlessly deployedDunphytopersecutepeoplewhohadcrossedhimincludingpersonal employeessuchasaformerhouseholdassistant. 51. OnoraboutJuly17,2012,BoardmemberDougLeonesentanemail

apprisingemployeesofacompanywidemeetinglaterintheday.Atthemeeting,allof theBoardmemberswerepresent,aswasDefendantNguyen.Leoneannouncedthat DefendantNguyenwouldstepasidefromrunningColorsdaytodayoperations.Leone indicatedregretfullythatitwastheBoardsfaultthatthingshadgottentothatpointand thattheBoardshouldhavebeenmoreinvolvedwiththewayColorwasrun.Upon informationandbelief,LeonepersuadedtheBoardtoinitiateaninvestigationagainst DefendantNguyen. 52. OnoraboutJuly18,2012,AndrewUrushima,VicePresidentofFinance,

sentanemailtoPlaintiffWitherspooninforminghimthatanoutsideinvestigationfirm wouldbecontactinghimaboutDunphysappearanceatColor.Urushimaimpliedthatit wastheobligationofemployeestocooperatewiththeoutsideinvestigationfirm,as directedbyoutsidecounsel,GundersonDettmer. 53. OnJuly19,2012,aninvestigatorfromAppliedFactscontactedPlaintiff

WitherspoonbytelephoneandquestionedhimaboutDunphysvisittoColor. WitherspoonrepeatedtothisinvestigatorwhathetoldRalston:theworkenvironmentat ColorhadbecomeextremelyuncomfortableandhostileduetoDefendantNguyens erraticbehavior,explicitthreats,andrumorsaboutNguyenandDunphysrelationship. DunphysguntotingappearanceatColorescalatedthetensionswhichwerealreadyhigh givenNguyensabusive,irrationalbehaviorandthreatsofviolenceintheworkplace. 11


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Afterthecall,PlaintiffWitherspoonneverreceivedanytypeofresponse

fromColormanagementortheBoard. 55. Uponinformationandbelief,andinthewakeofthefailureofColors

producttoperformwellinthemarketplace,inoraroundSeptember2012,Defendant NguyenbrokeredadealwithApple.InoraroundlateSeptember2012,Apple representativesvisitedColorandmetwithColorstechnicalteamofapproximately twentyemployees.PlaintiffWitherspoonwastheonlytechnicalemployeewho DefendantNguyenexcludedfrommeetingwithApple. 56. WhenPlaintiffWitherspooninquiredabouthispotentialfutureinaphone

call,DefendantNguyenfalselystated,Ithinkyouwouldbecrucialtowhatweare tryingtodoatApple.DefendantNguyenensuredPlaintiffWitherspoonhewouldbe partofthetransitionteamtoApple.Sinceeveryothermemberoftheengineeringteam wasgoingtobehiredbyApple,therewasnoapparentreasonwhyPlaintiffWitherspoon wouldbeexcluded. 57. Uponinformationandbelief,inoraroundOctober,Leone,disillusionedat

theotherBoardmemberscomplaisancetowardsDefendantNguyensnumerous instancesoferraticbehaviorandretaliatory,threateningconducttowardColor employees,resigned. 58. OnoraboutOctober10,2012,DefendantNguyensummonedPlaintiff

WitherspoonandJordantoameetingintheColorconferenceroom.Atthismeeting, DefendantNguyenindicatedthatApplewasinterestedonlyinColorsintellectual propertyanditsengineeringteam.NguyendidnotexplainwhyPlaintiffWitherspoon, alsoatechnicalemployee,wasnotpartoftheteamtransitioningtoApple.Nguyenasked howmuchmoneyitwouldtakeforWitherspoonandJordantowalkaway.After WitherspoonandJordanmadeknowntheirrequests,Nguyencounteredwithan arrangementwherebytheywouldcontinueworkingforsixmonthstowinddownColors operations.WitherspoonandJordanrequestedthatthisarrangementbeputinwritingfor theirlegalcounseltoreview.Nguyenaskedthetwotostaywhilehehadthepaperwork 12


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drawnupsothattheycouldsignthatsameday.WhenWitherspoonandJordanraised concernsabouttheirfinancialsituation,Nguyenthreatenedthattheirsocialcapitalwould beruinediftheyheldupthedealfortheengineersmovingtoApple. 59. OnOctober11,2012,DefendantNguyenofferedapackageworthatleast

$165,000duringaninpersonmeetingwithPlaintiffWitherspoon. 60. OnOctober13,2012,DefendantNguyenstatedthathecouldnotactually

committohispreviousofferofatleast$165,000inwriting,andthatWitherspoonand JordanshouldcontacttheBoardorColorslegalcounsel,GundersonDettmer,toverify thecurrentvalueofthestockthattheywereissuedwhenColorwasfounded. 61. OnOctober15,2012,DefendantsColorandNguyenofferedaseverance

packagetoPlaintiffWitherspoonconsistingofhissalaryforthreemonthsinexchangefor areleaseofallclaimsagainstDefendants. 62. Uponinformationandbelief,otherColoremployeeswithmuchshorter

historieswiththecompanyreceivedconsiderablylargerseverancepackagesthanPlaintiff Witherspoon.Theseemployeeswerenontechnicalemployeesalloftheengineerswere beinghiredbyApple. 63. Shortlyafterwards,PlaintiffWitherspoonlearnedthatDefendantNguyen

specificallyrefrainedfromofferingWitherspoonwithaseverancecomparabletoothersin asimilarposition,becauseofstatementsWitherspoonmadeaboutNguyenduringthe investigationintoNguyenandDunphy.Specifically,onoraboutOctober15,2012, NguyentoldSteffens,inresponsetoherconfrontinghimaboutwhytheWitherspoon severancewasnotbeinghandledmorequickly,thatNguyensreasonwasWitherspoons cooperatingroleintheinvestigationintohismisconduct.Nguyenfurtherinstructed SteffenstotellWitherspoonthisandalludedtothefactthathewasnotbeingmadepart oftheteamjoiningApplebecauseofhisroleintheinvestigation.Steffensfollowed NguyensdirectorderandtoldWitherspoonandJordan,lateronOctober15,that WitherspoonsinvolvementintheinvestigationintoNguyensconductwasaffectingthe termsofhisseverance. 13
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WhenaColoremployeeheardthatPlaintiffWitherspoonwasnotmaking

themovetoApple,thisColoremployeewassurprised.AgainstWitherspoonswishes, thisColoremployeeconfrontedDefendantNguyenandMalletonWitherspoonsbehalf. Nguyenrespondedtothisemployee:AreyousureyouwanttogotobatforAdam [Witherspoon]?withtheimplicationthatthisemployeesmovetoApplewouldbe jeopardizedifheinquiredanyfurther.NguyenandMalletthenexplainedthatMalletdid notwantWitherspoon.Thefinal,officialresponsethatNguyenandMalletconcoctedwas thattherewasnospaceinPatriceGaultiersgroupatAppleforWitherspoon. 65. OnthemorningofOctober17,2012,PlaintiffWitherspoonspokeonthe

phonewithUrushima,whorepresentedtoWitherspoonseveraltimesthatColorstock hadavalueintherangeof$1.50to$2.00pershare.Laterthatday,PlaintiffWitherspoon sentanemailtoUrushimaandcopiedScottDettmerofGundersonDettmer,as DefendantNguyenhadinstructed,toverifythevalueoftheColorstockWitherspoonand Jordanheld.UrushimathenrecantedhisearlierrepresentationstoPlaintiffWitherspoon andrefusedtodisclosethevalueofColorsstock. 66. OnoraboutOctober17,2012,aColoremployeeapproachedJordanand

inquiredabouthowJordanandWitherspoonweredoing.WhentoldthatneitherJordan norWitherspoonwasmovingtoApple,thisemployeewasvisiblyshockedandcouldnot understandwhy,Whatsgoingon,Idontunderstandwhy[Witherspoon]wasnotgoing toApple;heissotalented. 67. SincetheBoardstyledtheinvestigationasonebeinglaunchedtoprobe

DefendantNguyensmisconductunderthesupervisionofoutsidecounselGunderson Dettmer,PlaintiffWitherspoonunderstoodthathistruthfulstatementswouldnotbe communicatedtoDefendantNguyen,thetargetoftheinvestigation,orwouldnotbe directlyattributedtoWitherspoon,particularlygiventhesubjectmatteroftheinterview NguyensthreatsofviolenceandintimidationagainstColoremployees. 68. Uponinformationandbelief,membersofColorsBoardconveyedto

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AppliedFactsinvestigatorinthecourseoftheinvestigation.Withoutsuch communication,DefendantNguyenwouldhavehadnobasistoknowabout Witherspoonsroleintheinvestigation,orhadanybasistousethatcompliancewiththe investigationagainstWitherspooninaretaliatorymanner. 69. Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyenretaliatedagainstPlaintiff

Witherspoonforcooperatingintheinvestigation,bydeliberatelyexcludingWitherspoon frommeetingwithApplerepresentatives,byexcludingWitherspoonfromconsideration forapositionatApple,andbyofferingWitherspoonanominalseverancepackage. FIRSTCAUSEOFACTION RetaliationforReportingUnsafeWorkConditions(LaborCode6310(b)) (AgainstAllDefendants) 70. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

statedhereintheallegationssetoutintheprecedingparagraphs. 71. Anemployerisbarredfromretaliatingagainstemployeeswhoreport

unsafeworkconditionstotheemployer.LaborCode6310. 72. PlaintiffWitherspooncooperatedwithDefendantColorsGunderson

DettmersupervisedinvestigationintoDefendantNguyensmisconductininvitingagun totingDunphytoColortointimidateemployees.Witherspoonsstatementsconstituteda reportaboutworkingconditionsorpracticesatDefendantColorthathereasonably believedtobeunsafe,inthecontextofNguyensthreatsofviolenceandhisspecific statementsabouthowNguyenhaddeployedDunphysblackopsskillstoharass, threatenandintimidatepeoplewhomadetroubleforNguyen. 73. PlaintiffWitherspooncompetentlyperformedhisjobfunctionsatDefendant

Color.DefendantColorhasneverformallyreprimandedPlaintiffWitherspoonfor performanceissues. 74. Uponinformationandbelief,underGundersonDettmersoversight,

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Inretaliationforreportingunsafeworkconditionsintheworkplace,

DefendantsColorandNguyenexcludedPlaintiffWitherspoonfromparticipatingin meetingswithApplerepresentativesseekingtohireDefendantColorsengineeringteam, ofwhichPlaintiffWitherspoonwasapart.DefendantNguyenfalselymisrepresentedto PlaintiffWitherspoonthathewouldbeapartoftheteamthatwastransitioningtoApple. Furthermore,DefendantsColorandNguyenretaliatedagainstPlaintiffWitherspoonby offeringhimanominalthreemonthsofseverancethatdidnotcomportwiththeeffortshe hadputintoColor,whereasotheremployeeswithconsiderablylesshistorywithColor eitherreceivedsignificantlylargerseverancepackages,orajobatApple. 76. PlaintiffWitherspoonisentitledtoreinstatementandreimbursementfor

lostwagesandworkbenefitscausedbytheretaliatoryactsofDefendants. 77. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatDefendants

ColorandNguyensdecisiontoretaliateagainstPlaintiffWitherspoonwaswanton, willfulandintentional,andcommittedwithmaliciousandrecklessdisregardforPlaintiff Witherspoonsrights.TheseactionsbyColorandNguyenweresocold,callous,and recklessastobemalicious.PlaintiffWitherspoonisthereforeentitledtoanawardof punitivedamagesinanamounttobeprovenattrial. 78. AsadirectandproximateresultofconductofColor,PlaintiffWitherspoon

hassufferedandwillcontinuetosuffersevereemotionaldistressandinjury,lossof income,lossofemploymentbenefits,lossoffutureearningscapacityandotherrelated economiclosses,andothergeneralandspecialdamagesaccordingtoproof. SECONDCAUSEOFACTION WrongfulRetaliationinViolationofPublicPolicyfor ReportingUnsafeWorkConditions(LaborCode6310) (AgainstColor) 79. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

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Thereisafundamentalpublicpolicyinthisstateinfavorofhaving

employeesmakecandidreportsaboutunsafeworkconditions.Thatpublicpolicyis embodiedinsection6310oftheCaliforniaLaborCode. 81. PlaintiffWitherspooncooperatedwithDefendantColorsGunderson

DettmersupervisedinvestigationintoDefendantNguyensmisconductininvitingagun totingDunphytoColortointimidateemployees.Witherspoonsstatementsconstituteda reportaboutworkingconditionsorpracticesatDefendantColorthathereasonably believedtobeunsafe,inthecontextofNguyensthreatsofviolenceandhisspecific statementsabouthowNguyenhaddeployedDunphysblackopsskillstoharass, threatenandintimidatepeoplewhomadetroubleforNguyen. 82. PlaintiffWitherspooncompetentlyperformedhisjobfunctionsatDefendant

Color.DefendantColorhasneverformallyreprimandedPlaintiffWitherspoonfor performanceissues. 83. Uponinformationandbelief,underGundersonDettmersoversight,

DefendantColorcommunicatedPlaintiffWitherspoonsstatementsandcooperationin theinvestigationtoDefendantNguyen. 84. Inretaliationforreportingunsafeworkconditionsintheworkplace,

DefendantsColorandNguyenexcludedPlaintiffWitherspoonfromparticipatingin meetingswithApplerepresentativesseekingtohireDefendantColorsengineeringteam, ofwhichPlaintiffWitherspoonwasapart.DefendantNguyenfalselymisrepresentedto PlaintiffWitherspoonthathewouldbeapartoftheteamthatwastransitioningtoApple. Furthermore,DefendantsColorandNguyenretaliatedagainstPlaintiffWitherspoonby offeringhimanominalthreemonthsofseverancethatdidnotcomportwiththeeffortshe hadputintoColor,whereasotheremployeeswithconsiderablylesshistorywithColor eitherreceivedsignificantlylargerseverancepackages,orajobatApple. 85. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatDefendants

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Witherspoonsrights.TheseactionsbyColorandNguyenweresocold,callous,and recklessastobemalicious.PlaintiffWitherspoonisthereforeentitledtoanawardof punitivedamagesinanamounttobeprovenattrial. 86. AsadirectandproximateresultofconductofColor,PlaintiffWitherspoon

hassufferedandwillcontinuetosuffersevereemotionaldistressandinjury,lossof income,lossofemploymentbenefits,lossoffutureearningscapacityandotherrelated economiclosses,andothergeneralandspecialdamagesaccordingtoproof. THIRDCAUSEOFACTION WrongfulRetaliationinViolationofPublicPolicyfor ReportingIllegalActivity(LaborCode1102.5) (AgainstColor) 87. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

statedhereintheallegationssetoutintheprecedingparagraphs. 88. ThereisafundamentalpublicpolicyinCaliforniainfavorofhaving

employeesreportunlawfulactivityintheworkplace.Thatpublicpolicyisembodiedin section1102.5oftheCaliforniaLaborCode. 89. PlaintiffWitherspooncooperatedwithDefendantColorsGunderson

DettmersupervisedinvestigationintoDefendantNguyensmisconductwhichPlaintiff Witherspoonbelievedingoodfaithviolatedahostoflawsproscribingworkplace violence,harassment,embezzlement,conversion,andmisappropriationofcorporate funds,aswellasvarioussecuritieslaws. 90. PlaintiffWitherspooncompetentlyperformedhisjobfunctionsatDefendant

Color.DefendantColorhasneverformallyreprimandedPlaintiffWitherspoonfor performanceissues. 91. Uponinformationandbelief,underGundersonDettmersoversight,

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Uponinformationandbelief,inretaliationforreportingunlawfulactivityin

theworkplace,DefendantsColorandNguyenexcludedPlaintiffWitherspoonfrom participatinginmeetingswithApplerepresentativesseekingtohireDefendantColors engineeringteam,ofwhichPlaintiffWitherspoonwasapart.DefendantNguyenfalsely misrepresentedtoPlaintiffWitherspoonthathewouldbeapartoftheteamthatwas transitioningtoApple.Furthermore,DefendantsColorandNguyenretaliatedagainst PlaintiffWitherspoonbyofferinghimanominalthreemonthsofseverancethatdidnot comportwiththeeffortshehadputintoColor,whereasotheremployeeswith considerablylesshistorywithColorreceivedsignificantlylargerseverancepackages,or jobsatApple. 93. Uponinformationandbelief,PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatDefendants

ColorandNguyensdecisiontoretaliateagainstPlaintiffWitherspoonwaswanton, willfulandintentional,andcommittedwithmaliciousandrecklessdisregardforPlaintiff Witherspoonsrights.TheseactionsbyColorandNguyenweresocold,callous,and recklessastobemalicious.PlaintiffWitherspoonisthereforeentitledtoanawardof punitivedamagesinanamounttobeprovenattrial. 94. AsadirectandproximateresultoftheconductofColorandNguyen,

Witherspoonhassufferedandwillcontinuetosuffersevereemotionaldistressand injury,lossofincome,lossofemploymentbenefits,lossoffutureearningscapacityand otherrelatedeconomiclosses,andothergeneralandspecialdamagesaccordingtoproof. FOURTHCAUSEOFACTION IntentionalInflictionofEmotionalDistress (AgainstAllDefendants) 95. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

statedhereintheallegationssetoutintheprecedingparagraphs. 96. Duringtherelevanttimeperiod,ColorandNguyensubjectedPlaintiff

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ColorandNguyensconduct,includingbutnotlimitedtotheactsof

Nguyen,theColorBoard,andothermembersofColormanagement,wasextreme, outrageous,anddespicableconductasdescribedherein. 98. DefendantNguyenusedhispositionasColorsCEOtopressurePlaintiff

WitherspoonintoconsultingDr.RothenbergtotreattheWitherspoonsonsalleged behavioralproblems.Usinghisposition,NguyenwasabletoconvinceDr.Rothenberg andMs.HastingstoreportthesubstanceoftheWitherspoonsonstreatmentto Nguyen.NguyenrepeatedlyboastedtoseveralColoremployeesofhisdistasteforthe Witherspoonson,howNguyenwouldavoidinteractingwithPlaintiffWitherspoon becauseofWitherspoonsson,andhowNguyenwouldtrainNguyenssontobeatthe shitoutofWitherspoonsson. 99. DefendantNguyenfurtherusedhispositionasColorsCEOtopublicly

ostracizeandhumiliatePlaintiffWitherspoonandhisfamily.DefendantNguyen pressuredIndelicatointoretractingherbabyshowerinvitationtotheWitherspoons. DefendantNguyenusedhiscloutatColortodictateandcontrolPlaintiffWitherspoons sociallife. 100. DefendantNguyenhurledexpletivesatColoremployeesasaformof

intimidation,tellinganemployeeinameetingwithothersthatIwillfuckyouintheass, thatsthestupidestfuckingideaIveeverheard;shutthefuckup,youdumbass;and callinganemployeewhosoughttofileaworkerscompensationclaim,apussy. 101. DefendantNguyenalsobraggedthathehadusedDunphytotakecareof

employeesandpersonalacquaintanceswhocrossedNguyeninanefforttointimidate PlaintiffWitherspoonandotheremployees.DefendantNguyenaskedSteffensifshesaw DunphyintheColoroffices,meetingwithNguyen,withDunphysGlockhandgun. WhenSteffensansweredaffirmatively,DefendantNguyenrevealedtoSteffensthat DunphywastheguyImgoingtousetoputAlyssa(Solomon)intofederalprison. TheseboastfulremarksweredesignedtoinstillfearandintimidationinnotonlySteffens, buttoallColoremployeeswhoworkedforNguyen.Thetacticssucceded. 20


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102.

SincetheBoardstyledtheGundersonDettmersupervisedinvestigationas

onebeinglaunchedtoprobeDefendantNguyensmisconduct,PlaintiffWitherspoon understoodthathiscooperationwasmandatory,andthathistruthfulstatementswould notbecommunicatedtoDefendantNguyen,thetargetoftheinvestigation,orwouldnot bedirectlyattributedtoWitherspoon. 103. Uponinformationandbelief,membersofColorsBoardconveyedto

DefendantNguyen,PlaintiffWitherspoonsstatementsthathemadetoRalstonandthe AppliedFactsinvestigatorinthecourseoftheinvestigation.Withoutsuch communication,DefendantNguyenwouldhavehadnobasistoknowabout Witherspoonsroleintheinvestigation,orhadanybasistousethatroleagainst Witherspooninaretaliatorymanner. 104. Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantNguyenretaliatedagainstPlaintiff

Witherspoonforcooperatingintheinvestigation,bydeliberatelyexcludingWitherspoon frommeetingwithApplerepresentatives,byexcludingWitherspoonfromconsideration forapositionatApple,andbyofferingWitherspoonanominalseverancepackage. 105. DespiteknowingthatDefendantNguyenretaliatedagainstPlaintiff

Witherspoonforcooperatingintheinvestigation,theremainingColorBoardcondoned theDefendantNguyensretaliatoryactsbydoingnothing. 106. ColorandNguyenintendedtocausePlaintiffWitherspoonsevere

emotionaldistressandatalltimesduringwhichColorandNguyenengagedinthe wrongfulconductasdescribed.ColorandNguyenactedwithrecklessdisregardofthe probabilitythatPlaintiffWitherspoonwouldsuffersevereemotionaldistressasaresult oftheiractsordeliberateomissions. 107. ColorandNguyenwereawarethattherewasasubstantialcertaintythat

PlaintiffWitherspoonwouldbeseverelyembarrassed,humiliated,upset,distressedand physicallyandemotionallydamagedifheweresubjecttosuchhumiliatingand degradingconduct. 108. AsaproximateresultofColorandNguyensacts,includingbutnotlimited 21


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toactsofColorsBoardandemployees,ColorandNguyencausedPlaintiffWitherspoon tosuffersevereemotionaldistressincludingbutnotlimitedtodistressintheformof frustration,humiliation,worry,andindignity. 109. ColorandNguyensacts,includingbutnotlimitedtotheconductofColors

Boardandothermanagementemployees,createdaworkenvironmentthatwas extremelydetrimentaltoPlaintiffWitherspoonshealth. 110. AsadirectandproximateresultofColorandNguyensconduct,Plaintiff

Witherspoonhassufferedgeneraldamagesinanamounttobedeterminedbyproofat trial. 111. ColorandNguyensconductwasdoneknowingly,willfully,andwith

maliciousintent,andPlaintiffWitherspoonisentitledtopunitivedamagesinanamount tobedeterminedbyproofattrial. FIFTHCAUSEOFACTION TortiousInterferencewithProspectiveEconomicAdvantage (AgainstAllDefendants) 112. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

statedhereintheallegationssetoutintheprecedingparagraphs. 113. InoraroundSeptember2012,ApplerepresentativesvisitedColorand

soughttohireColorsentiretechnicalteam.PlaintiffWitherspoonwasapartofColors technicalteamandwouldhavehadgainfulemploymentatApplebutforDefendant ColorandNguyenswrongfulconductinexcludingWitherspoonfrommeetingwith Applerepresentatives. 114. DefendantsColorandNguyenknewthatAppleintendedtohireColors

entiretechnicalteamofapproximatelytwentyemployees. 115. DefendantsColorandNguyenintentionallyexcludedPlaintiffWitherspoon

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AsaresultofDefendantColorandNguyenswrongfulconductasalleged

herein,PlaintiffWitherspoonwastheonlymemberofColorstechnicalteamof approximately20employeesthatAppledidnothire. 117. OtherColoremployeeswereshockedthatPlaintiffWitherspoonwasnot

consideredforapositionatApple,goingsofarastoconfrontNguyenaboutwhy Witherspoonwasleftbehind.Nguyenimpliedlythreatenedthisemployeewiththesame fateasWitherspoonifheweretoinquirefurther. 118. AsadirectandproximateresultofColorandNguyensconduct,Plaintiff

Witherspoonhassufferedgeneraldamagesinanamounttobedeterminedbyproofat trial. 119. ColorandNguyensconductwasdoneknowingly,willfully,andwith

maliciousintent,andPlaintiffWitherspoonisentitledtopunitivedamagesinanamount tobedeterminedbyproofattrial. SIXTHCAUSEOFACTION UnfairCompetitioninViolationofBusinessandProfessionsCode17200etseq. (AgainstAllDefendants) 120. PlaintiffWitherspoonincorporatesbyreferenceandreallegesasiffully

statedhereintheallegationssetoutintheprecedingparagraphs. 121. TheCaliforniaUnfairCompetitionLaw(UCL),BusinessandProfessions

Codesection17200etseq.,definesunfaircompetitiontoinclude,disjunctively,any unlawful,unfair,orfraudulentbusinessactorpractice. 122. TheUCLborrowsviolationsfromotherstatutes,stateorfederal,and

authorizesanypersonwhohassufferedinjuryinfactandwhohaslostmoneyor propertyasaresultofsuchunfaircompetitiontobringanactionforreliefunderthe statute.TheUCLalsoprovidesthatacourtmayenjoinactsofunfaircompetition,issue declaratoryandotherequitablerelief,andorderrestitutionofmoneyorproperty acquiredbymeansofunfaircompetition. 123. Asallegedabove,ColorandNguyenengagedinconductthatisexpressly 23


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declaredasunlawfulinviolationoftheCaliforniaLaborCodeandCaliforniaCivilCode including,butnotlimitedto,violationsof: a. CaliforniaLaborCodesections1102.5(RetaliationforReportingIllegal Activity);and b. CaliforniaLaborCodesections6310(RetaliationforReporting WorkplaceSafetyViolations). 124. Thatconductservesasunlawfulpredicateactsresultingineconomicharm

andinjuryinfacttoPlaintiffWitherspoon. 125. Asallegedabove,ColorandNguyenengagedinbusinesspracticesthat

wereunfair,includingbutnotlimitedtounreasonablyexcludingPlaintiffWitherspoon frommeetingApplerepresentativesandexcludinghimfromconsiderationforanApple position,inretaliationforWitherspoonscooperationintheGundersonDettmer supervisedinvestigation. 126. Thosebusinesspracticesresultedineconomicharmandinjuryinfactto

PlaintiffWitherspoon. 127. TheactsandpracticesdescribedinthisComplaintconstituteunlawful,

unfairandfraudulentbusinesspractices,andunfaircompetition,withinthemeaningof BusinessandProfessionsCodesection17200etseq. 128. Asadirectandproximateresultoftheaforementionedacts,Colorand

NguyenreceivedandcontinuetoholdillgottengainsbelongingtoPlaintiffWitherspoon, becauseColorandNguyenhaveprofitedinthatamountfromtheirunlawfulpractices. 129. BusinessandProfessionsCodesection17203providesthattheCourtmay

restoretoanypersonininterestanymoneyorpropertywhichmayhavebeenacquired bymeansofsuchunfaircompetitionandorderdisgorgementofallprofitsgainedby Colorbyoperationofthepracticesallegedtherein.PlaintiffWitherspoonisentitledto restitutionpursuanttoBusinessandProfessionsCodesections17203and17208forall unpaidwagesunlawfullywithheldfromhimduringthefouryearspriortothefilingof thisComplaint.PlaintiffWitherspoonwill,uponleaveoftheCourt,amendthis 24


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Complainttostatesuchamountswhentheyareascertained. 130. Uponinformationandbelief,Plaintiffallegesthattheunlawfulconduct

allegedhereiniscontinuing,andthereisnoindicationthatColorandNguyenwillrefrain fromcontinuingsuchactivityintothefuture.PlaintiffWitherspoonallegesthatifColor andNguyenarenotenjoinedfromtheconductsetforthinthisComplaint,Colorand NguyenwillcontinuetoviolateCalifornialaborlawsandunlawfullyretaliate,harass, intimidate,anddiscriminateagainst,employeeswhocooperatewithinvestigationsand makereportsofunsafeworkconditionsandunlawfulactivityintheworkplace. 131. PlaintiffWitherspoonssuccessinthisactionwillenforceimportantrights

affectingthepublicinterest.PlaintiffWitherspoonseeksandisentitledtohisunpaid wages,lostbenefits,andanyotherremedyowingtohim. PRAYERFORRELIEF PlaintiffWitherspoondemandsjudgmentfromDefendantsasfollows: 1. Forallactual,compensatory,consequential,includinglostwagesand

benefits,accordingtoproof; 2. ForgeneraldamagesforPlaintiffshumiliation,mentalanguish,and

emotionaldistress,accordingtoproof; 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Forcivilandstatutorypenaltiesasprovidedbystatute; Forpunitiveandexemplarydamagesaccordingtoproof; Forprejudgmentinterest; Forattorneyfeesasprovidedbystatute; Forcostsofactionincurredherein,includingexpertfees; Forinjunctiverelieftoaddressthewrongsallegedherein; ForanawardofrestitutionandinjunctivereliefpursuanttoBusinessand

ProfessionsCodesection17200etseq.; 10. ForanorderdeclaringColorspoliciesandpracticestobeunfairand

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