A former employee of a Van Nuys auto dealership owned by Laker guard Russell Westbrook settled her gender and pregnancy discrimination suit in which she alleged she was urged by management to get an abortion after her bosses found out she was expecting while separated from her husband.

Attorneys for plaintiff Jocelyn Oajaca filed a notice of settlement on Friday with Los Angeles Superior Court Robert B. Broadbelt. No terms were divulged.

Oajaca filed the suit last May 12 against FAB4 LLC, Russell Westbrook Enterprises LLC and several individual managers of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM dealership on Van Nuys Boulevard owned by Westbrook. The 33-year-old Westbrook was not a defendant and the suit does not state that he made any decisions regarding Oajaca, who also alleged fraud and retaliation.

Oajaca was hired in October 2018 and promoted to business development center representative with a written employment agreement that gave her a long-term position with commissions, bonuses and benefits, according to her court papers.

When Oajaca’s supervisors found out that she was pregnant, they began harassing her, telling her she should not have a baby while separated from her spouse and they would pay her expenses for an abortion and give her three days to recover, according to the suit, which also alleged her bosses said she could “play if off” as if she had a miscarriage.

Oajaca alleged her bosses told her co-workers to persuade the plaintiff to end her pregnancy while continuing to harass her, then fired her in March 2020, replacing her with a male while she was on pregnancy leave.

Oajaca gave birth a month later and found out that her insurance had been canceled and that she was liable for her medical expenses, the suit stated. She alleged she was later told she could conditionally return to work in May 2020 if she did so with short notice, signed a release of her rights and accepted that her re-employment was not guaranteed.

Oajaca’s supervisors knew that firing her left her with no income, no ability to support herself and her newborn and no insurance for either of them, causing the plaintiff extreme distress, according to the suit.

Defense attorneys maintained that when Oajaca was hired she signed an agreement with FAB4 to submit any work disputes to binding arbitration. But Oajaca maintained in a sworn statement that she never saw the arbitration agreement document until her attorney showed it to her.

“Before my attorney made me aware of this document, I had never seen it before,” Oajaca said. ‘`I do not recognize the agreement, as I did not create it, use any electronic system that would have created it, I did not sign it and I did not enter into the agreements stated in it.”

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