Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, 2012 WL 2402640 (Cal. Ct. App. 2012)

Taylor Patterson was an employee of Sui Juris, LLC (a franchisee of Domino’s Pizza) where she alleged she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by assistant manager Renee Miranda. Patterson sued Miranda, Sui Juris and Domino’s, but Domino’s filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that Sui Juris was an independent contractor pursuant to the terms of a written franchise agreement and that there was no principal-agency relationship between Sui Juris and Domino’s. The trial court granted Domino’s motion for summary judgment, but the Court of Appeal reversed, finding triable issues of fact regarding the degree of control that Domino’s exercised over Sui Juris and its employees.