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Verdict: Irene Riggs v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Full Case Name: Irene Riggs v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., 2:17-cv-0342-TOR Judge: Thomas O. Rice, Eastern District of WA Date Filed: September 9, 2016 Date of Verdict: November 1, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Decision: $1,533,932 Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff, an executive in Sandpoint, ID, complained to her supervisor and to HR regarding...

Settlement: EEOC v. Kaiser Aluminum

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Judge: Stanley A. Bastian, Eastern District of WA Date of Settlement: October 24, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $175,000 ($125,000 in back pay an d$50,000 in compensatory damages). Reinstatement to position of Production Worker with retroactive seniority and full union benefits. Basic Facts and Claims: Kaiser withdrew its job offer after applicant's...

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...

Settlement: EEOC v. Taylor Shellfish Company Inc

Court: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Judge: Richard A. Jones, Western District of WA Date Filed: September 28, 2016 Date of Settlement or Verdict: Consent Decree Approved July 31, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $160,000 plus a consent decree requiring Taylor to implement other relief Basic Facts and Claims: According to EEOC's suit, a black maintenance mechanic at...

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...

Attorney Did Not Engage in Protected First Amendment Activity; Jury Verdict Reversed

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT Attorney Did Not Engage in Protected First Amendment Activity; Jury Verdict Reversed The plaintiff worked for many years as a civil litigation attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO), and later (briefly) as a direct employee of Maricopa County, defending the county and related entities in civil lawsuits, before again returning to her previous employment at...

Unwanted Hugging Can Constitute Illegal Sexual Harassment

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT Unwanted Hugging Can Constitute Illegal Sexual Harassment Plaintiff was a correctional officer. She claimed the sheriff created a sexually hostile work environment by greeting her with 100 unwanted hugs and one unwelcome kiss over a 12-year period. She claimed he pressed his chest into her breasts. She complained but her employer did not investigate. She also claimed...

Court Will Decide Whether Applicants Can Bring Retaliation Claims Based on Opposition With Respect to a Different Employer

WELA ALERT: WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT Court Will Decide Whether Applicants Can Bring Retaliation Claims Based on Opposition With Respect to a Different Employer The district court certified the following question to the Washington Supreme Court:  “Does RCW 49.60.201(1) create a cause of action for job applicants who claim a prospective employer refused to hire them in retaliation for prior opposition to...

State Prosecutor was Not an “Original Source” for Qui Tam Suit

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT State Prosecutor was Not an “Original Source” for Qui Tam Suit Prather, the relator in this qui tam action, served as a state prosecutor for over thirty years and supervised hundreds of wiretaps.  In 1994 Congress passed the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies Act (“CALEA”), which authorized the payment of $500 million to telecom companies for...

Court Will Decide Whether an Employee Should Appeal a Mixed Case the MSPB dismisses for Want of Jurisdiction to the Federal Circuit or the District Court

WELA ALERT: SUPREME COURT Court Will Decide Whether an Employee Should Appeal a Mixed Case the MSPB dismisses for Want of Jurisdiction to the Federal Circuit or the District Court On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Perry v. MSPB, 829 F.3d 760 (D.C. Cir. 2016). Perry presents an arcane issue of procedure for federal employees. Normally...

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