A civil trial alleging age discrimination involving the city of Galt filed in 2011 by former Parks and Recreation Director Boyce Jeffries resumes today. A jury is expected to be seated by week’s end.
The case was initially assigned to the Honorable David W. Abbott, who recused himself Monday. It was reassigned to the Honorable Alan G. Perkins, who will preside over the trial beginning today.
Last week, a judge denied Jeffries’ motion to allow witness depositions after the cutoff, claiming that doing so within four calendar days (and two court days) of the commencement of trial would be prejudicial to the city, according to online court documents.
At least one attorney anticipates that the trial will last through November. There have been depositions of 20 witnesses, a number of which were taken over several days, including two that were four days long.
Meanwhile, Jeffries accepted a new position offered by the city of Galt and started work as recreational coordinator on Oct. 7. The position coordinates and supervises recreational activities at city facilities, among other things. In his former capacity, he oversaw this position and others.
Jeffries, originally hired by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in 1984 and named director 13 years later, sued the city seven months after his position was eliminated, claiming age discrimination. He was 54 at the time.
City officials maintain that Jeffries’ layoff was not about his age, but due to the economy. The director position remains frozen.