Claims Alleged: Employment Law Violations
Injuries Alleged: Employee Discrimination
Multi-National Retailer’s Discrimination Mitigated
A multi-national retailer found itself in a lawsuit filed by a former employee for discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and violating a permanent injunction. Smith Freed Eberhard was substituted as counsel just weeks before trial was scheduled.
Even though we had only a few weeks to learn the facts of the case, evaluate the risks to the client, and prepare witnesses for trial, the court refused to move the trial date. Through intensive and detailed analysis of the facts, claims, and witness statements, Smith Freed Eberhard attorneys discovered a defense theory that not been previously presented. Through aggressive and creative pretrial motions we argued that:
Additionally, the defense moved to separate the trial of the injunction claim from the discrimination claims.
The Outcome Ultimately, Smith Freed Eberhard’s innovative strategies resulted in a significant reduction in value of the plaintiff’s claim, which enabled the retailer to obtain a favorable settlement prior to trial.
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