Former Pasadena Symphony Music Director David Lockington. Photo courtesy of Pasadena Symphony and Pops.

In Friday’s (12/15) Pasadena Now, a City News Service article states, “A former music director for the Pasadena Symphony Association has settled his lawsuit alleging the association wrongfully stripped him of his job in 2021 for seeking a religious and medical exemption to its mandatory coronavirus vaccination policy, the defendant’s attorney told a judge Thursday. Church of Christ, Scientist, member David Lockington’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleged wrongful termination, religious discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment and various state Labor Code violations. Lockington sought unspecified damages along with a court order directing that he be reinstated and given the proper religious accommodations. On Thursday, the association’s lawyer told Judge Daniel M. Crowley that the case was settled. No terms were divulged in the minute order written by the judge’s clerk…. Lockington … has a conducting career of more than three decades and previously was the music director for the Modesto Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, the suit stated. He took the Grand Rapids orchestra to Carnegie Hall and produced five recordings … Lockington was hired by the Pasadena Symphony Association in 2013.”