Browning v. Southwest Research Institute

Browning v. Southwest Research Institute

Sex discrimination case on behalf of female scientist charging her former employer, Southwest Research Institute, with denying her equal pay and promotional opportunities in violation of Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d).  Plaintiff also charged her former employer with retaliatory conduct.  Plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief, back pay, and compensatory and punitive damages.
On March 1, 2007, the trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff’s case.  We appealed the dismissal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Fifth Circuit affirmed the judgment on August 5, 2008.  Public Justice’s lead cooperating counsel filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied.
The legal team included Hal K. Gillespie of Gillespie, Rozen, Watsky, Motley & Jones, P.C., in Dallas, lead counsel; and co-counsel Malinda Gaul of Gaul & Dumont in San Antonio; Steve Baughman Jensen of Dallas; and Public Justice’s Adele Kimmel. 

Case Documents

  • Our complaint

    in a sex discrimination lawsuit against West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU), charging that the state university's decision to eliminate its women's gymnastics team in response to a budget crunch violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

    Docket: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 03-4978

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