After a five-day trial, a Douglas County jury awarded $3.85 million earlier this month to Kristine Shaner, a former HDR vice president that had been with the company 18 years. The 12-member jury deliberated three hours before unanimously agreeing that the company discriminated against Kristine based on her gender. The jury awarded her $2.57 million in lost wages and $1.28 million for mental and emotional… Read More
Category Archives: Sex Discrimination
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org.
Friday, the Supreme Court has overturned the landmark decisions of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, eviscerating nearly 50 years of precedent recognizing abortion as a fundamental right. See Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973); Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). The Court’s 213-page opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was released this morning, and flatly states, “The… Read More
Oh Baby! Quick Answers to Your Maternity Leave Questions
I’m expecting my first child in July, and one of the most common questions people ask me is how much maternity leave I am taking. Luckily, our firm has great maternity and paternity leave policies, and I’ll be able to bring my son to work with me! But this question does highlight that many companies are not as family-friendly and working moms are often put… Read More
University of Iowa settles sex discrimination case for $200,000
The University of Iowa settled our client’s sex discrimination case for $200,000 after we found a “smoking gun” in documents produced by the state during discovery. Read the Associated Press article by clicking here.
Firm, Client Awarded $1.1M in Post-Trial Orders
In late 2014, a Chickasaw County jury found in favor of one of our firm’s many brave clients, Tina Haskenhoff, on her sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims against Homeland Energy Solutions. This morning, the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County upheld the jury’s verdict and ordered Homeland to pay an additional $240,000 in front pay for Tina, and $846,364.30 for Tina’s attorney’s fees and… Read More
Press Release – Nelson v. Knight
Iowa Supreme Court Affirms Employer’s Firing of Attractive Employee Stating She Didn’t Rebuke Her Bosses Sexual Advances Forcefully Enough DECISION DILUTES CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS AGAINST GENDER DISCRIMINATION DES MOINES, Iowa (July 12, 2013) — An attractive female employee whose presence sparks sexual feelings and inappropriate behavior from her male boss is not protected by the Iowa Civil Rights Act if he should decide to fire… Read More