Amicus Briefs

WELA Alert: Art School Employees Entitled to Trial on Qui Tam Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Relators, former admissions representatives for Academy of Art University, an art school in San Francisco, alleged that the school violated an incentive compensation ban included in its program participation agreement with the Department of Education, through which it qualified for federal funding in the form of federal financial aid to its students...

WELA Amicus Filed: Martin v. Gonzaga University

Friday, May 11, 2018, WELA filed an amicus brief in Martin v. Gonzaga University.  In this case Plaintiff claimed that he was terminated from employment because he reported safety violations in the University gymnasium in violation of public policy. Summary judgment was granted for the University and the Plaintiff appealed. The Court of Appeals affirmed and the Supreme Court granted review.   WELA...

WELA Amicus: Bailey v. Alpha Technologies, Inc.

WELA filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in this case on Friday April 27, urging the court to reverse and/or certify two legal issues to the Washington Supreme Court.  The plaintiff, a buyer for a group of privately-held companies, was fired after raising concerns about internal pricing that she had been told could raise...

Amicus filed in Billings v. Town of Steilacoom

WELA Amicus filed in Billings v. Town of Steilacoom, 2 Wn.App. 2d 1, 408 P.3d 1123 (Wash. Ct. App. 2017).   Plaintiff was a law enforcement officer and alleged he was terminated in violation of First Amendment, a clear mandate of public policy (pursuing union activities), and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.  The trial court dismissed his claims on summary judgment holding...

WELA Files Amicus Brief in Public Policy Case

Martin v. Gonzaga University, ___ Wn.App.__, 402 P. 3d 294 (2017) Plaintiff alleged he was terminated from employment in violation of a clear mandate of public policy.  The Plaintiff claimed that the was terminated for complaining about a safety violation in the school gymnasium. The employer claimed it was motivated by insubordination and not the alleged protected activity. The case...

WELA Amicus Filed in Wage and Hour Case

WELA Amicus brief filed Washington State Supreme Court Hill v. Garda CL Northwest, Inc., 198 Wn.App. 326, 394 P. 3d 390 (2017) Plaintiffs in a class action were awarded damages for failure to provide meal and rest breaks, liquidated damages and prejudgment interest. The case addresses the standard of determining a willful violation of meal and rest break regulations and whether prejudgment interest...

Amicus Filed addressing standards under CR 23

Chavez v. Our Lady of Lourdes A class action claim for the violation of meal and rest breaks. Class certification was denied. The case addresses standards under CR 23 for determining whether common questions predominate over individual questions and whether claims brought in small claims court is a superior vehicle for the resolution of claims.  Decision pending. Blythe Chandler and Toby...

Decision: Jin Zhu v. North Central Educational Service District ESD 171

Thursday, November 09, 2017 Today the Washington Supreme court issued a decision in Jin Zhu v. North Central Educational Service District- ESD 171, No. 94029-9. Court holds employers who refuse to hire an employee who opposed discrimination in a prior job may be sued for retaliation.  In this case, Plaintiff made a race discrimination and retaliation suit against his prior employer...

WELA files amicus brief in Zhu v. North Cent. Educ. Dist. No. 171, addressing retaliation at a prospective employer for claim with former employer

On July 26, 2017, WELA filed an Amicus Curiae brief in the Supreme Court of Washington in Zhu v. North Cent. Educ. Dist. No. 171, No. 94209-9.  In this case, Plaintiff made a race discrimination and retaliation suit against his prior employer, which settled, and was later applied for employment with the defendant, which knew about the prior race...

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