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Cases / Briefs

Smith v. City of Jackson

Our amici brief with the National Employment Lawyers Association in Smith v. City of Jackson helped win a U.S. Supreme Court decision broadening workers’ protection against age discrimination.  The Court ruled that federal law bars unjustified employers’ actions that have a discriminatory impact without requiring…

Singleton v. Regents of the University of California, et al.

A class action lawsuit filed in California state charging that thousands of female employees were denied equal pay and promotional opportunities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (the “Lab”), a national security research facility managed by the Regents of the University of California for the U.S….

Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee

This was the first amicus brief we filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, helping win a 5-to-4 decision in Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee that the nuclear power company’s compliance with federal regulations does not preempt – i.e., wipe out – punitive damages claims against it for…

Rent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. Jackson

This case poses the question of whether a corporation can impose a contract that vests all power to decide the fairness and legality of an arbitration clause in the hands of the arbitrator. We represent Antonio Jackson, an African-American man who sued his employer, Rent-A-Center,…

Maxey v. Alcoa, Inc.

We won a class action settlement expanding opportunities for minority workers in Maxey v. Alcoa, Inc.  The settlement requires the aluminum manufacturer to revamp its method for selecting trade apprentices and increase opportunities for African-Americans and Hispanic workers nationwide.

Luke v. Baptist Medical Center-Princeton

Appeal of district court decision holding that plaintiff, a nurse who was fired after 30 years of employment, must arbitrate her Title VII and ADEA race and age discrimination claims despite the fact that she refused to sign her former employer’s arbitration clause and repeatedly…

Kleinhesselink v. Stillwater Mining Company

This lawsuit on behalf of a former mine safety coordinator sought compensation for his job-related emotional injuries from the Stillwater Mining Company in Montana.  The Montana Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that workers can sue their employers for job-related emotional injuries, since the state’s workers’…

Kaden v. Macalester College

We filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against Macalester College in Minnesota for firing its women’s softball coach, Joel Kaden, for reporting Title IX violations and gender inequities in the school’s intercollegiate athletics program.  The school settled with Kaden.

International Union v. Johnson Controls

Our amicus brief helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court in International Union v. Johnson Controls that a battery manufacturer’s fear of future tort liability cannot justify its “fetal protection policy” of banning non-sterile women from all jobs involving lead exposure.  The Court agreed that the…