The Supreme Court of Washington issued a decision today in Chavez v. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in which WELA filed an Amicus Brief. (See WELA's Amicus Brief HERE).
The Court made a number of important rulings in holding that the rest/meal break case on behalf of nurses at Our Lady of Lourdes can proceed as a class action (reversing...
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Plaintiff worked as the executive director for a public radio station and related foundation, both affiliated with a state university. He reported to the university president. The university president became concerned with how the foundation was spending its money. An audit determined that there was an inherent conflict of interest in having...
Does the ADEA 20 Employee Minimum Apply to Public Employers? Court Will Tell Us
The Court granted review of whether, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the same 20-employee minimum that applies to private employers also applies to political subdivisions of a state, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th Circuits have held,...
Justices Will Decide Two Issues Regarding FAA Exemption for Transportation Workers
In an FLSA collective action, the Court granted certiorari to decide (1) whether a dispute over applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act's exemption for transportation workers is an arbitrability issue that must be resolved in arbitration pursuant to a valid delegation clause rather than by the court; and (2)...
U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in a Washington Orchard Paying $19,297 in Fines for Providing Illegal Housing for Migrant Workers
SEATTLE, WA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Rivera Orchards Inc. has paid $19,297 in penalties to resolve Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) violations that posed a direct and imminent...
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...
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of WA at Tacoma
Case No: 3:16-cv-05354RBL
Judge: Hon. Judge Robert Leighton
Hon. William Downing (ret'd) as JAMS mediator - mediation failed maximum offer was $30,000.
Date Filed: 05/12/2016
Date of Verdict: 03/08/2018
Total Amount of Judgment: Jury Verdict $800,000; attorney fees and costs petition pending.
Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff Gregory Corliss, worked as a boat...
The Washington State Bar Association just announced their next installment in the Decoding the Law series.
What: Decoding the Law: Sexual Harassment
How is #MeToo transforming the workplace?
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Washington State Bar Association Conference Center
Court: Pierce County Superior Court
Case No. 16-2-06645-9
Mediator: Nancy Maisano
This matter was set to go to trial in January, 2018 before the Hon. Susan K. Serko
Date Filed: 03/30/16
Date of Settlement: 11/22/2017
Total Amount of Settlement: The case was settled for $450,000.00 inclusive of all attorney fees and costs.
Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff alleged Western State Hospital, harassed her on the basis...
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of WA at Seattle
Judge: Hon. Judge Marsha J. Pechman
Date Filed: 10/21/16
Date of Settlement or Verdict: 12/15/2017
Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $674,292.54
Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff was born and raised in Kenya and immigrated to USA in 1999. Allegations: during his employment he was harassed, discriminated against on the basis...