O’Callaghan v. Napolitano

Two University of California workers filed a federal lawsuit alleging union dues were illegally deducted from their paychecks.

Cara O’Callaghan has worked as the finance manager of the Sport Club program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, since 2009. Jenée Misraje has worked as an administrative assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 2015. Both O’Callaghan and Misraje resigned union membership over the last year and demanded the universities stop deducting union dues from their paychecks.

Despite the decisive victory for workers’ rights in the U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME decision, their requests have been ignored. The University of California continues to deduct dues from O’Callaghan and Misraje’s paychecks and their union, Teamsters Local 2010, refuses to honor their resignation until arbitrary opt-out periods.

Read more about Cara’s story on Stand With Workers.


In March 2019, the Liberty Justice Center and California Policy Center filed a lawsuit, O’Callaghan et al., v. Napolitano et al., on behalf of O’Callaghan and Misraje against their employer and Teamsters Local 2010 for continuing to collect union dues without their consent after they resigned union membership.

Our Team

The Liberty Justice Center’s lead attorney in O’Callaghan et al., v. Napolitano et al. is Brian Kelsey. For more information, or to schedule an interview with Brian about the case, contact Kristen Williamson by calling 773-809-4403 or by sending an email to media@libertyjusticecenter.org.