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University President Entitled to Qualified Immunity on Former Employee’s Claim for Deprivation of Liberty Interest without Due Process

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...

US Sct. Will decide if the ADEA Employee Minimum applies to Public Employers

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,...

US Sct. will decide two issues re: FAA Exemption for Transportation Workers

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)...

DOL Investigation Results in WA Orchard Paying $19,297 in Fines for Illegal Housing for Migrant Workers

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...

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...

Verdict: Ellis trustee on behalf of Corliss v. Larson Automotive

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...

WSBA Event: How is #MeToo Transforming the Workplace?

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            ...

Settlement: Doss vs Dept. of Social and Health Services et. al.

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...

Verdict: Eric Kitazi v. Sellen Construction Company Inc.

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...

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