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Linda Heinen v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Linda Heinen worked for Kohl’s for nearly nine years as one of the company’s 80+ District Managers. During that time her district routinely ranked in the top 25% of all other districts. But in mid-2016 she took six weeks of workplace medical leave. After returning from leave the work environment changed.  Her supervisor asked about her retirement plans […]


Vicki LeBret v. Wellpinit School District

Vicki LeBret worked at Wellpinit School District for 17 years. During that time she received glowing performance reviews. But in mid-2016 Wellpinit School District revised the contract for Ms. LeBret and some of her co-workers. The revised contract removed some of the due process protections that Ms. LeBret and her co-workers previously enjoyed.  Ms. LeBret tried […]


Burton Dezihan v. State of Washington

This is a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit involving Burton Dezihan who investigated and filed a whistleblower complaint regarding a state government employee’s misuse of government resources. Mr. Dezihan filed his complaint with the Washington State Auditor’s Office. The State Auditor’s Office improperly disclosed that Mr. Dezihan was the whistleblower which, in turn, resulted in Mr. Dezihan’s non-selection […]


Debra Stapleton v. The Anthem Companies, Inc.

This is a Family Medical Leave Act, disability discrimination, and retaliation case in which Ms. Stapleton injured her knee and then took medical leave to undergo surgery needed to fix her injured knee. When Ms. Stapleton told her boss that her surgeon extended the workplace accommodations associated with her disability the supervisor proceeded question whether Ms. […]


Caleb Giddings v. Media Lodge, Inc. et al

This is a Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) case that is venued in South Dakota. The case involves Caleb Giddings, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, taking military leave from his employer to attend basic training.  While Mr. Giddings was going through basic training, Media Lodge’s CEO, Jeff Siegel allegedly told one of […]


Lambert v. United Parcel Service

Blaine Lambert worked for United Parcel Service as an ESC Clerk in its Sarasota, Florida facility. In 2008 Mr. Lambert decided to join the U.S. Army. He told his UPS supervisor of his desire to serve, left work, and began his tour of duty. Near the end of his tour of duty Mr. Lambert’s supervisor […]


Huntsman v. Southwest Airlines

This case involves a class action lawsuit against Southwest Airlines alleging that Southwest violated certain pension and employee benefit provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA). Specifically, the complaint alleges that Southwest did not count short term military leave for pension calculation purposes and that Southwest did not allow pilots on […]


Webber v. Sagle Fire District

This case involves Robert Webber’s Title VII Civil Right’s Act retaliation claim against his former employer, the Sagle Fire District.  As the Sagle Fire District’s Fire Chief Mr. Webber received and investigated an employee’s (Katie Loper) allegation of workplace sexual harassment.  The investigation substantiated the employee’s sexual harassment claim which, in turn, led to Mr. […]


Washington Army & Air National Guard USERRA Cases

These cases involve Washington Army and Air National Guard servicemembers, USERRA, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.   The first case, Chris Cooper v. Prince Telecom, involves a Washington Army National Guard enlisted Soldier who asked his employer whether he could apply for a promotion but was told, via text message, that “with all your guard stuff […]


Charles Mayo v. City of Yakima & Ryan Anderson v. City of Yakima

These are two separate cases brought by two former City of Yakima employees.  Ryan Anderson’s case is a Family Medical Leave Act retaliation and Washington Law Against Discrimination disability failure to accommodate lawsuit. A copy of Mr. Anderson’s amended complaint is available here.  The City of Yakima settled Mr. Anderson’s lawsuit for $225,000.00 in August […]


Derek Richter v. Commerce City, Colorado, et. al.

This case involves Derek Richter, a patrol officer with the Commerce City, Colorado Police Department, and Captain in the Colorado Army National Guard. The Colorado Army National Guard mobilized Mr. Richter for military duty, during those mobilizations a promotional opportunity opened within the police department, but the police department refused to let Mr. Richter compete for that […]


Zhu v. Bridgeport School District & ESD 171

These cases involve Jin Zhu, a Chinese-American citizen who taught math and science at Waterville Secondary School from 2006 to 2012.  During his employment at Waterville School District Mr. Zhu experienced racial discrimination, reported that discrimination, and was placed on administrative leave after he reported the discrimination he was experiencing. Ultimately Mr. Zhu filed a federal lawsuit […]


Zandt v. Horizon Hospice, LLC et al

The case involves former employees Nancy Zandt, Heather Holick, Stacy Strong, and Kelli O’Connor asserting Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), Minimum Wage Act (MWA), disability discrimination, and failure to accommodate claims against Horizon Hospice in Spokane County Superior Court.  A copy […]


Osmanski v. Cathay Pacific Airways, LTD

The case involves U.S. Navy Reserve F/A 18 pilot Joshu Osmanski asserting USERRA employment discrimination, retaliation, and benefits claims against his former employer, Cathay Pacific Airways. The case is venued in the Northern District of California.  A copy of the complaint is available here.  Cathay Pacific produced documents in the case which revealed that Cathay used Mr. Osmanski’s […]


Munoz v. InGenesis, et al

The case involves plaintiff Vanessa Munoz claiming that joint employers, InGenesis, Inc., STGi International, Inc., and, InGenesis STGI Partners, LLC violated USERRA when they fired Ms. Munoz the day she returned to work from her U.S. Navy Reserve duty because of “attendance issues” associated with her military reserve obligations and failed to properly re-employ her, as required under USERRA 38 […]


Allman v. American Air Lines Pension Plan, et al

The case involves plaintiff Michael Allman claiming that American Airline’s pension plan violates USERRA’s and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pension provisions. The firm represents Mr. Allman along with attorneys Thomas Jarrard and the Cohen Milstein law firm.  A copy of the complaint is available here.  On April 8, 2016, the Court granted […]


Burrows, et al v. Auto Credit, et al

The case involved the representation of five former employees of Auto Credit, an auto dealership, in a lawsuit alleging violations of Washington’s anti-disability discrimination statute, Family Medical Leave Act, Minimum Wage Act, and Wage Rebate Act. The plaintiffs’ wage claims arose out of the company’s practice of deducting, from certain manager’s wages, business loss caused […]


Tabbert v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp.

The case involved Tom Tabbert, a 19 year employee of Stryker Orthopedics, alleging that his supervisor and his supervisor’s supervisor, both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), discriminated against him by favoring other LDS employees over him when it came to assigning physician-customers and annual sales quotas. Mr. Tabbert also alleged that […]


Stuart v. Vilsack

The case involves representation of a former employee of the United States Department of Agriculture in a disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and Privacy Act lawsuit. A copy of the complaint is available here. The Court allowed Ms. Stuart to amend her complaint to include a Back Pay Act claim.  A copy of the Amended Complaint is […]


Combs v. Les Schwab

The case involves representation of a Sergeant in the Washington Army National Guard (and Iraq war veteran) who Les Schwab fired days after his return from military training.  A copy of the complaint is available here.


Martin v. State of Washington

The case involves representation of a putative class of former and current Washington State Patrol employees in a USERRA and 42 U.S.C. 1983 lawsuit against the State of Washington regarding the Washington State Patrol’s repeated and decade’s long failure to give its qualified veteran employees initial entry and promotion preference as required under state law, RCW […]


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Linda Heinen v. Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.

Linda Heinen worked for Kohl's for nearly nine years as one of the company's 80+ District Managers. ...

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Vicki LeBret v. Wellpinit School District

Vicki LeBret worked at Wellpinit School District for 17 years. During that time she received glowing...

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Burton Dezihan v. State of Washington

This is a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit involving Burton Dezihan who investigated and filed a w...

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Caleb Giddings v. Media Lodge, Inc. et al

This is a Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) case that is venued i...

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Lambert v. United Parcel Service

Blaine Lambert worked for United Parcel Service as an ESC Clerk in its Sarasota, Florida facility. I...

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Huntsman v. Southwest Airlines

This case involves a class action lawsuit against Southwest Airlines alleging that Southwest violate...

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Washington Army & Air National Guard USERRA Cases

These cases involve Washington Army and Air National Guard servicemembers, USERRA, and the Washing...

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Charles Mayo v. City of Yakima & Ryan Anderson v. City of Yakima

These are two separate cases brought by two former City of Yakima employees.  Ryan Anderson's case ...

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