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The wife of a Contra Costa County judge has won a $136,000 jury award after she sued her former boss for sex discrimination and slander. Ryan Allen, who is married to Pittsburg Judge John Allen, alleged that she was forced out of her bartending job at Brentwood’s Cap’s Oak Street Bar and Grill in September 2000. According to Allen’s complaint, her boss, Vasilli “Bill” Karadais, said disparaging things about her and then replaced her because he’s biased against female employees and also because Allen refused to serve three drunken customers. Plaintiff’s attorney Curtis Johnson said the jury was swayed by evidence that Karadais called his client and other women “whore,” “cunt” and “fucking lowlife.” “I think that was outrageous,” Johnson said. The case, which was filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court, was tried in Solano County because the defense filed a motion to recuse the entire Contra Costa County bench. Besides being married to a judge, the plaintiff has another judicial tie — her brother-in-law is Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Allen. The jury trial lasted eight days and included testimony from Judge John Allen, who testified about the emotional toll the restaurant dispute had taken on his wife, Johnson said. Judge Allen was not in court Tuesday afternoon and was unavailable for comment. The jury dismissed other named defendants, such as Karadais’ wife and another employee, from the suit, and awarded $116,000 for liability and damages and $20,000 in punitive damages, Johnson said. The plaintiff’s attorneys have requested $150,000 in attorneys fees, which Johnson said they are entitled to under state statute for such cases. The attorney for the restaurant, Walnut Creek lawyer Brian Seibel, said the jury told him after the trial that his client’s foul language hurt his case. But Seibel argued that his client’s words were not directed at any particular person. Allen was offered a waitress job — which she declined — because she was a poor performer, not because of discrimination, the Seibel, Finta & Edwards name partner said. Many changes have been made to prevent future problems at the restaurant, said Seibel, who says he’s considering a motion for a new trial.

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