Sample Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Case Examples
Successful Results from Our Employment Lawyer in DC
Below I have listed some of my cases that concluded by judgment or by settlement. There were co-counsel on all of these discrimination case examples who also deserve credit for the results.
Note: Past results are no guarantee of future results, because the outcome of cases depends on the facts and the law applicable to those cases. Each case stands on its own merits.
Brewer v. Miller Brewing Co. – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
In this case, 97 former employees harmed by coworker racial harassment shared a $2.7 million settlement.
Dowdell v. Ona Corp. – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In this case, 142 former black employees harmed by coworker racial harassment shared a $2.5 million settlement.
Racial Discrimination in Promotional Tests
Edwards v. City of Houston – U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
This case was settled in 1993, but intervenors came into the case and fought the settlement for about ten years. The class action settlement provided 106 remedial promotions to African-American and Hispanic police officers harmed by discriminatory promotional tests. The case was so hard-fought that we had five oral arguments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the arguments was en banc, meaning all 17 judges participated in the hearing and decision. My clients kept all their relief.
Racial Discrimination in Hiring and Promotions
Lewis v. Bloomsburg Mills – U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that there was racial discrimination against black applicants at a South Carolina textile mill, and sent the promotion issues back to the trial court for a new look. The case was eventually settled. The decision on appeal is one of the most ringing reversals of findings of nondiscrimination I have yet seen; it is reported at 773 F.2d 561 (4th Cir. 1985).
Racial Discrimination in Hiring Test
Luevano v. Campbell – U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
This was one of the biggest cases on record. The settlement knocked out the Federal government’s nationwide hiring test for 118 professional, technical and administrative occupational series. Over 150,000 applicants a year had taken the test, and the Federal government used to hire 6,000 to 8,000 test-takers a year. The Consent Decree established standards for developing their replacements. Many other attorneys and organizations also worked on this case.
Racial Discrimination in Hiring, Job Assignments and Promotions
Sledge v. J.P. Stevens & Co. – U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
About 2,900 class members shared a $20 million settlement of their claims of racial discrimination in hiring and job assignments at plants and offices in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Sexual and Racial Discrimination in Hiring and Promotions
Payne v. Travenol Laboratories, Inc. – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
This case went to trial on claims of class wide race and sex discrimination in hiring and initial assignment, class wide sex discrimination in initial assignments and in promotion, sex discrimination in imposing a mandatory six-month maternity leave on female employees and racial discrimination in failing to give retroactive seniority to black employees who were previously discriminated against in hiring. We won on key issues, lost on others, and both sides appealed. The case was settled for changes in company practices, and $1.1 million in back pay and a number of jobs for the class.
Sexual and Racial Discrimination in Referring Jobseekers to Employers with Job Openings
Pegues v. Mississippi State Employment Service – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
This was the first case in which a court found that any State Employment Service in the country had engaged in widespread racial discrimination against African American applicants seeking referrals to employers with jobs, and widespread sexual discrimination against women seeking referrals to employers with jobs. About 700 class members shared the award of $5.8 million in back pay and interest.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination in Promotions
Bogan v. Fleetwood Enterprises – U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
This was a class action involving claims of nationwide sex discrimination and sexual harassment. It was settled for structural changes in the company’s systems for dealing with harassment and with promotions. I handled this case while I was with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.
Sexual Discrimination in Initial Job Assignments and Promotions
Kohne v. Imco Container Company – U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
This was a small sex discrimination class action for women working at a plastic bottle manufacturing and decorating plant in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The court found that the company had discriminated against women in initial assignments and in promotions. The case was settled in 1981 for $210,000 in back pay and interest, and changes in company practices.
Information on Employment Law Cases
Service Corp. International – Settlement of wage and hour case on behalf of Funeral Home employees in New York State (Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law)
- Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Approval
- Motion for Preliminary Approval of Proposed Consent Decree
- Proposed Consent Decree
- SCI Order Feb. 10, 2006, Provisionally Certifying Class and Collective Action (Adobe PDF)
- Mail Notice to Class
There are many more cases, but these case results should give you an idea of the types of employment claims I handle. Speak with me today about how I may be able to assist in your situation.