On July 12, 2001, Officer Gilbert Granado of the San Carlos Police Department (PD) came in to the department after a court appearance but before his evening shift began and noticed that one of the female records clerks (complainant) seemed to be despondent. He motioned for her to follow him to one of the sergeant’s offices and when they were both in the office and the door closed, he gave her a hug and asked what was wrong. To his surprise, and contrary to their prior interactions, both during and after work, she pushed him away and said, “What are you doing?” Based on her unusual reaction, he apologized and he said he did not mean anything by it, and both of them left the office. The complainant, a few hours later, complained to her supervisor about this matter and was advised of the department’s sexual harassment policy, which required a formal complaint, if she wished one, to be filed within five days. The complainant declined to file a formal complaint at that time. Six weeks later, and after encouragement (and no doubt, pressure) from the chief of police and a commander, the complainant filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment against Granado. This complaint was well beyond the mandatory five-day formal reporting period.
Prior to the date of this incident, Granado had been a sworn officer for 13 1/2 years with the Redwood City Police Department (PD) with an unblemished record except for a one-day suspension in 1989 for an accidental discharge of his duty weapon. He left the Redwood City PD for a change in career and became a general contractor specializing in HVAC. At the time, Granado left the Redwood City PD, Captain James Granucci was being considered for the job of chief of the San Carlos PD, which he eventually took. As soon as Granucci became the chief of the department, he called Granado and asked him to apply at the San Carlos PD. Granado was reluctant to go back into police work, but agreed to apply and was, shortly thereafter, hired as an officer with the department. Granado immediately was promoted to field training officer and soon became the vice-president of the Police Officers’ Association (POA). As the POA vice-president, Granado butted heads with one of the commanders of the department on numerous P.O.A. matters.
There was a family-like atmosphere at the San Carlos PD both before Granado arrived and after the July 2001 incident, where sworn and non-sworn personnel alike would hug each other at the police department, and at social events outside of work. Granado’s relationship with the complainant had always been friendly and she had sought him out for advice on personal matters relating to her dating sworn members of the police department, problems at home, and personnel matters at work. They had even shared information on dieting before the date of the incident. However, the complainant’s best friend at the department was a dispatcher who had suffered a D.U.I., and Granado was charged with overseeing the administration of the P.A.S. test to this dispatcher every shift when she came on duty. The dispatcher blamed Granado and developed a substantial animosity toward him, which she shared with the complainant in a time shortly before the date of this incident.
The complainant filed her formal complaint against Granado in September 2001, and Granado was terminated for sexual harassment on November 26, 2001. The parties selected Matthew Goldberg as the arbitrator, and the arbitration relating to Granado’s appeal of his termination was held on April 8, 9 and 22, 2002. Goldberg issued his decision and award in two parts. The first part found a factual basis for the conduct, but did not make a finding of the appropriate discipline. Goldberg’s reluctance in issuing a decision and award regarding actual discipline was remedied in a supplemental decision and award which imposed a 90-day suspension on Granado and ordered him returned to work with the balance of his back pay and benefits.
The city of San Carlos filed a “Petition to Vacate” the award and supplemental decision and award, claiming as it had from the outset, that the Memorandum of Understanding language prohibited any arbitrator from making a “just cause” finding, citing the applicable MOU provision which stated as follows:
“. . . . In the event the dispute is referred to arbitration and the arbitrator finds that the city had the right to take the action complained of, the arbitrator may not substitute his/her judgment for the judgment of management, and if he/she finds that the city had such right, he/she may not order reinstatement and may not assess any penalty upon the city.”
Based on that language, the city argued that the issue for the arbitrator was as follows:
“Was the factual basis supporting the discharge of Gil Granado reached honestly, after an appropriate investigation and for reasons that are not arbitrary or pretextual? If not, what remedy?”
Counsel for grievant argued that the issue was as follows:
“Whether just cause exists for termination. If not, what should the remedy be?”
The city argued to the Superior Court of San Mateo County that the provisions of the MOU should be interpreted pursuant to three cases: (1) Cotran v. Rollins Hudis Hall Internat, Inc. (1998) 17 Cal. App. 4th 93, (2) Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. v. Intel Corporation (1994) 9 Cal. App. 3rd 362, and (primarily) (3) California Faculty Association v. Superior Court (1998) 63 Cal. App. 4th 935. Using the California Faculty Association case, the Superior Court vacated the arbitration award and in its minute order stated as follows:
“The motion to vacate the August 19, 2002 award is granted. The finding in the October 25, 2002 order that the city did not have a right to take the action at issue is inconsistent with the findings or the original order and award that there was a factual basis for the city’s action . . . . The matter is remanded for another hearing with a different arbitrator . . . . “
Outside counsel for the city of San Carlos has, in other arbitrations (one of which is presently pending) argued the California Faculty Association holding again, and it is anticipated that this is a matter that may find its way into other arbitrations in California being raised, erroneously, by other municipalities as guiding authority in contravention of the well established principles of arbitrable authority established in this state for many decades. Counsel should be alert to the inappropriateness of the California Faculty Association case, as well as the Cotran and Advanced Micro Devices cases should they come up in arbitrations. These cases are all easily distinguishable. Unfortunately, because of the conflict between the original and supplemental decision and award, the matter again returned to arbitration in front of a new arbitrator, Arbitrator Emily Maloney. The case was submitted based on transcripts of the prior proceeding, the exhibits in the prior proceeding, and one additional witness called by Granado to support the family atmosphere in the San Carlos PD at the time of this incident, as well as the lack of any anti-fraternization policy within the department which allowed ranking officers to date employees both sworn and non-sworn. That witness also completely disputed many of the allegations of the complainant regarding Granado not helping complainant with a personnel complaint by another employee against the complainant. The city argued, again, the applicability of the California Faculty Association case, as well as arguing that the matter was not before Maloney for a de novo review, but only a review to determine if there was a factual basis for the city’s decision, i.e. raising the same issues that were raised in the first arbitration. Maloney found that the city and its management, were responsible for insuring compliance with the sexual harassment policy, and that the city abused this discretion by pursuing the complainant’s action when she had acknowledge that Granado, from the date of the incident to the date of the formal complaint, said nothing about what happened nor ever said or did anything that she considered to be harassment. Maloney also found that the one incident relating to the “hug” was not actionable sexual harassment either under established case law or the atmosphere at the San Carlos PD, citing numerous cases to support her conclusion. In the end, the award by Maloney was as follows:
“There was not just cause of the termination of the grievant. The grievant shall be reinstated to employment with full back pay and benefits for the period from termination effective November 29, 2001 to the date of his reinstatement . . . . “
That decision was rendered on October 15, 2004.
The arbitrator found, in her opinion and award that:
“The impetus for terminating the grievant (Granado) appears quite clearly to have been the influence of the camaraderie of (complainant) with (the dispatcher) and the (dispatcher’s) strong dislike of the grievant, as well as the influence of (the commander with whom Granado had butted heads as POA vice-president) on (the chief). (The chief’s) testimony that ‘We encouraged her to file a formal complaint at the time so we could take action’ clearly suggests that pressure was put on (the complainant) to file the formal complaint in September 5, 2001.”
That decision was rendered on October 15, 2004.
The parties filed cross-petitions, the city filing in Superior Court in San Mateo County another petition to vacate the arbitration award, and Granado filing a petition to confirm the arbitration award. The same Superior Court judge who heard the initial matter sided with Granado and determined that the core issue was whether its initial ruling vacated only the supplemental award of the first arbitrator (as requested in the initial moving papers of the city) or the original and supplemental award. As requested by Granado, the court fount that since the two awards were inextricably linked, nothing in the arbitration award from Maloney violated the MOU. Accordingly, the arbitrator did not exceed her authority. Judgment was entered in favor of Granado and against the city of San Carlos on February 8, 2005 confirming the award of Maloney in all respects and without limitation, and awarding costs pursuant to CCP Section 1293.2 to Granado’s counsel.
In an attempt to continue to forestall the reinstatement of Granado, the city has filed a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal. Throughout this four-year ordeal, the PORAC Legal Defense Fund has given Granado and his counsel unwavering support, without which none of these successful efforts could have been undertaken. Both Granado and his counsel expressed their deepest gratitude for this continued support in the past and continuing through the appeal of this matter, should that actually proceed.
Granado has been represented from the outset by myself, an LDF panel attorney from Redwood City. I am also counsel for the primary defendant in the “Oakland Riders” case, which it has just completed its re-trial following five months of presenting evidence in Alameda County Superior Court. I’ve been an LDF panel attorney since 1975, representing hundreds of officers from Crescent City (by the Oregon border) to Central California.
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This attorney and her legal team were one of the best I’ve seen and interacted with. I was always in the loop and constantly updated on the case status. I would use (my attorney) again if the need came and recommend her to anyone.
- Dan Lovelace Chandler LEA
Thank you for the funding and support. I would be in jail right now if it were not for LDF. I would not have had the funding to pay for the case. It was a tremendous help having [my representative] and his support team and the many experts supplied by LDF. I speak for myself, my family and other members of my association.
- Kevin Hullquist Siskiyou Co. Correctional POA
[My representative] did a good job representing me. Kept me informed.
- Nicholas Ward Antioch POA
[ Representative ] did a great job. My case was extremely complicated and difficult. She did a great job.
- Christine Farmer Tehama Co DSA
Mine was a fairly simple situation and I may not have needed representative. I am glad I called for help, it gave me peace of mind and reassurance.
- Phillip Flores Oxnard POA
My attorney was excellent. I would use her again.
- Gilbert Salazar Montebello POA
Can’t say enough. Both representatives that I had in 2016 were excellent. ( My attorney ) made himself available to me in late night hours, which made me feel comfortable and at ease. This program is essential to us in law enforcement.
- James F. Beland Lake County SDA
- Christopher Delaney Upland POA
Your rep was very personal. Even though my case involved something minor, your rep made me [feel] my case was his most important. I am very satisfied with my LDF team.
- Tyler Robins Pasadena City College POA
At a time when no one cares about you it's nice to have someone on your side who does. (My attorney ) made a stressful six months a lot more tolerable.
- Scot Hicks Humbolt County DSO
My experience was made much less stressful thanks to the LDF representation.
- Robyn Delaney Mono County PSOA
[My Representative] truly is an exceptional attorney. He has always represented me with honesty and compassion. Well Done.
- Toinie Lee Jackson Madera Co DSA
Unfortunately, I have been placed in the position to use LDF several times in my career. Without their valued services, I would not be here to write this. I and my family thank you.
- Raymond Fisher Colorado State Patrol Assn
I have known for sometime that PORAC would provide the services I needed at the time I needed them. This is a professional competent organization prepared to handle the appropriate legal matters our officers face in today's environment.
- Jon Seabron Oceanside POA
[My Representative] was the best and if I ever need to call al lawyer again for anything, I'll be calling her.
- Kip RIngen Lake Co DSA
My LDF rep kept me well informed concerning the progress of my case. I was extremely satisfied with the service I received. Thanks.
- Gary J. Foppiano Oakland POA
[My representative] has been in my corner for 28 years. I have been represented by this firm probably 6 times in my career from minor to major discipline cases with a great outcome for me. They're batting 100%
- Tamboura Nettingham Claremont Custody Center EA
My representative was an outstanding rep. I was very fortunate to be represented by her and the firm should be very proud to have her in it. She's courteous, smart and aggressive when needed. I would not ask for anyone else, if any other situation evolved, she's the best. Thanks.
- Omar Daza-Quiroz Oakland POA
I have had (2) two cases in which LDF represented me. Both lawyers were exceptionally professional, intelligent and caring for me. They were friendly and very helpful.
- Malcolm Norrington LA School PA
I am very pleased with LDF and would use and recommend them again and again and again.
- Melissa Geraci Oakland POA
This is my 1st time using LDF and was very pleased with the service I got. [My representative] was so friendly & always returned my calls & even called to update me without provocation.
- Craig Caches Fremont POA
I have only used LDF once for myself, which with the circumstance was great. I work with LDF in my assignment ( OIS investigator ) and after approximately 4-5 OIS's, I have great experiences with LDF.
- Chris Moore Palo Alto POA
No Complaints. Great Resource.
- Jason Boust Sanger POA
My rep was very helpful in explaining the processes and stayed in contact throughout the ordeal.
- Robert Mickschl SAN DIEGO HARBOR P O A
From my initial call to LDF, to my "Thank You" email to (my attorney ) I had the best representation I could have hoped for. The "800" number call receptionists were very professional & understanding. (My Attorney's) office & staff kept me informed & updated. I am forever thankful to LDF & exceptional representation by ( my attorney ) & staff.
- Steven Moorehouse Redding POA
You guys are Great! Very professional and well informed. THANK YOU!
- Alex Camarillo LASchool P A
[My Representative] did an excellent job with my case. He was very professional and kept me well informed throughout this case. Thank you for an awesome job.
- Kerry Carlson Midpeninsula Ranger POA
I have held leadership positions in our POA most of my career. Because of my role as President and Vice President I have been a target to management. I feel that if it were not for LDF I wouldn't have a job
- Shaun Luciano LA School PA
LDF assisted by taking a stressful situation and calmed it down by thoroughly explaining the entire process. It was nice to know that I had an ally when I was sure that I was alone.
- Clyde Williams San Diego Harbor POA
Thank you for all of the work related to my officer involved shooting case.
- Brian Schopf Elk Grove POA
Keep up the good work.
- John M. Laser Oceanside POA
[My representative] always took my calls or returned them within hours. Put my mind at ease and kept me well informed. LDF is well served by this law firm!
- Evelyn Hooks Shasta CO PPOA
Thank God for the L.D.F.
- Kim Prout Upland Firefighters Assoc
It was great comfort to know somebody would be there for me in this matter. I was able to finally sleep @ night & wake up with confidence that I would be ok. Thanks.
- Steven E. Lopez Santa Maria POA
Keep up the Good Work! Your service was extremely helpful to me. Thank you.
- Gregory Carbett Ontario POA
The attorney assigned to my case was GREAT! It's sad, but it's impossible to be an officer in today's world without a defense fund like PORAC LDF. I am now retired and signed up for the retired officers CCW LDF. Thanks!
- Jaime Kim Oakland POA
My rep did a good job. First we met and he explained that there might be culpability on my part but not nothing close to the allegations. I appreciated his honesty as we have all done things that can be taken out of context so it was important he told me to realize that.
- Juan Pascua, Jr. San Diego Co DSA
Very helpful and very informative!
- Anthony Alonzo South Gate POA
Very pleased with the way the process was explained to me. Received updated info faster than I expected. Overall a good experience in a not so good situation. Thanks to LDF.
- Sean Tinney Berkeley PA
[My representative] was very attentive to my case and thorough with his investigation. I would request [him] again in the future.
- Jeff Griffin Downey POA
My experience with the LDF, and in particular my attorney, was extremely positive. [ My attorney ] worked very hard and kept me informed along the way.
- Cherie Rye Lyon Co SEA
I am very happy with the service I received from LDF. I am grateful that our association includes LDF as part of our dues.
- Patrick Beggs Fresno Co DSA
Good service. Thank you.
- William Pryor Statewide University PA
Very helpful program. Helped keep department personnel focused on the issue regardless of their personal issues.
- Brendan Dolan Milwaukee PA
Everything went very smooth and they handled everything! Thank you.
- Kim Jasper Alhambra POA
Excellent service, prompt and courteous.
- Aaron Delgado Monterey POA
My representative called me back promptly and kept me informed. I had the impression she cared and was there to help.
- Carl Miller Clearlake POA
- Paul Barrolaza Twin Cities POA
- Ron Ruddy Riverside POA
- Nicholas Belliveau Sebastopol POA
High quality service, proficient, well informed. Overall, very happy with experience.
- Ronald J. Danison El Monte POA
The LDF is a tool available to me which I hope never goes away. It makes me feel that much more confident to do my job knowing LDF has my back when police work gets ugly. And it usually does..
- Rich Stepper Montana PPA
[ My representative ] was very knowledgeable regarding dept & legal rules regarding officer involved shooting. Provided good legal advice & was very supportive.
- Rachel Tyner Transit EOA of San Diego
All the LDF representatives were very courteous and attentive with a punctual response to all of my concerns, inquiries and appointment scheduling. My representative was very informative about the legalities and kept in contact with me regularly. He was also very patient and straight forward. I would definitely want to use the LDF again and felt more confident through my proceedings because I had representation!
- Stephanie Haas Lyon Co SEA
When I first contacted LDF re: my case I was unsure of how well/poor I'd actually be represented. I was impressed beyond belief. From the timely responses from my attorney, his knowledge in my case, advising me what my rights were and where I stood. I felt like I was genuinely being protected from unwarranted and unfounded accusations and believe, as long as I am in the right, I have someone fighting for me. Thank you, Thank you.
- RIchard Okeson Hesperia USD POA
I can't express how satisfying and comforting it was to have such a well qualified and pleasant attorney at my side. Thank you so much for everything you did for me, and if you can, please thank [ my representative] again for being there for me.
- Gregg Palmer San Joaquin Co Corr POA
Everything was explained very well prior to my questioning. I was not worried at all during the investigation. Very professional and a great asset to its members.
- Nancy Page Aurora PA
I didn't end up needing his service but he was awesome in what conversations we had before the matter was resolved. Very valuable - LDF!
- Scott Cox Tulare Co DSA
I just want to say [my representative] did a great job! Thank you.
- Micheal Chad Heiser Santa Rosa POA
LDF is a valuable resource that no law enforcement officer should be without.
- Grace Castro AFGE Local 2455 – Laredo, TX
My representative was very kind and showed he cared when explaining what my legal rights were when dealing with an internal investigation.
- Stacey Bonilla San Mateo County DSA
[My Represenative] is an excellent attorney. He is very professional yet personable and I would definitely use him again. Thank you!
- Thomas E. Lorente III Bart POA
[My representative] did an excellent job! I would highly recommend him to any officer in need of LDF services.
- Robert Morales Rialto PBA
I was very pleased with the service I received
- Shandon Murphy San Mateo POA
Great work! Thank you so much!
- Eric Olson Escondido POA
You guys did an amazing job! Thank you L.D.F. !
- Christopher Boyd Carlsbad POA
[My representative] was an outstanding attorney to work with. Even though I did not receive a desirable outcome entirely, I was exceptionally satisfied with his representation. Thank you.
- Cathleen Weldon Siskiyou Correctional POA
Very Comforting to have a knowledgeable person looking out for my best inerests. Thx!
- Robert Curato Anderson POA
He did a great job for me!!! He always returned my phone calls within 24-hours. He showed an interest in my case and we were able to get the issue resolved in less than 45 minutes. Thank you for being there when I needed the legal assistance.
- Paul Hernandez LA Gen Services POA Inc.
[My Representative] was very helpful in my situation and I can't thank him enough.
- Jonathan Smith San Diego D.A. Investigators
I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with my LDF Representative, the process and the outcome of my case.
- Heather Fontes San Joaquin Co POA
I appreciated the thorough follow up by LDF staff. Many thanks and blessings for the work by LDF.
- William Jackson Santa Maria POA
Keep up the great work.
- Billy Aldridge Chico POA
[My representative] was awesome! He provided an excellent explanation of the process and was very professional. This was my first IA in 11 years of LE and [my representative] did a great job of reassuring me that I had nothing to worry about. Thank you so much for all your help.
- Andrew Hill Statewide University PA
I have used this law firm for union related business for the last several years. It was a no brainer to call them for LDF.
- Dennis W. Ostini Lake County DSA
[My Representative] was fantastic, knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk and work with. Even though the allegations lodged have not been resolved, [My Representative] continued to communicate with me, to offer his assistance.
- Juan Espinoza Fresno DSA
[My representative] did a great job. He is both thorough and well educated. I would use him again.