The Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association
presented Williams & Rhodes LLP
The Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association presented Williams & Rhodes LLP with the 2017 Colorado Case of the Year Award for the firm’s representation of plaintiff Laura Ridgell-Boltz in her successful ten year litigation against the Social Security Administration.
Ruling: The complainants, two females over 40, were subjected to a hostile work environment based on their sex and age. Each was awarded $175,000 in nonpecuniary damages.
What it means: Evidence that a supervisor subjected female employees over 40 to harsh and disrespectful treatment, while treating male employees and younger female employees with deference can lead to agency liability for a discriminatory hostile work environment.
Why it made the list: The EEOC has long found that agencies can be liable for discrimination perpetrated against employees who are in a subclass of a protected group. Older women are perhaps the subclass that most often emerges as the mark for such discrimination. Meachum and Abbott v. Social Security Administration, 113 LRP 39351 (EEOC OFO 9/9/13) is included as a cautionary note to agencies that are unfamiliar with this concept.
Boulder Postal Worker Wins $200K in Discrimination Case
May 23, 2008 | Ryan Morgan – The Boulder Daily Camera
An employee at the Valmont Butte branch of the U.S. Postal Service says he feels vindicated following a jury’s decision this week to award him $200,000 in damages because he was harassed and discriminated against for being African-American.
March 22, 2006 | Laurie P. Cohen – The Wall Street Journal
Ms. Garcia Kaas, who had left the mint, then filed a sexual-harassment and retaliation claim against the mint in federal court. In September, a jury found that she worked in an environment hostile to women and awarded her $80,000.
Ms. Garcia Kaas had more claims she planned to press. But once she won the jury trial, the government agreed to settle all of her claims for $397,000 … .