- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has suggested she will dismiss key portions of a lawsuit by a nanny who claimed she was fired by billionaire Herb Simon and his wife because the employee became pregnant.

Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue said Wednesday she didn’t find nanny Claudia Leite (LEYE’-tay) to be a credible witness. The judge described Simon’s wife, Bui (BOO’-ee), as kind and generous toward her household employees.

She says it’s inconceivable Bui Simon, who has four children and runs a foundation for orphans, would discriminate against someone for becoming pregnant.

Hogue also says she doesn’t believe testimony from a chauffeur who joined in the suit.

Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, and his wife, a former Miss Universe, refused to settle the case. The judge plans to issue her decision Thursday.



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