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Judge orders Consent Decree in Title IX case against Willamette University

The parties have issued this joint statement: Willamette University and its former women’s rowing team are pleased to announce that we have reached a resolution to our dispute over Willamette’s elimination of women’s rowing and its compliance with Title IX in its women’s sports program. We believe the coming years will bring many additional opportunities in Willamette’s women’s athletics, including the planned addition of women’s lacrosse and triathlon. We are encouraged by plans to coordinate and cooperate in the surveying and recruitment of women – both present students and new candidates. While we all regret deeply the elimination of Willamette women’s rowing, we are grateful for the opportunity to work together to uphold the university’s recommitment to women’s sports. Willamette will recognize the team at its 2018 athletic awards event for their contributions to the sport and to women’s athletics. ____________________________________________________

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Distinguished UO Professor Files Suit Alleging Discriminatory Pay Practices

University of Oregon Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd filed a lawsuit against the university today challenging its sex discrimination in pay.  A copy of the Complaint can be found here. Despite a quarter century as one of the most distinguished full professors in the UO’s Psychology Department, Jennifer Freyd’s salary is as much as $50,000 per year less than comparable male colleagues who hold the same title and do the same job, according to the department’s own analysis. She is not the only one: the psychology department’s own studies show that female full professors earn an average of $25,000-$30,000 per year less than their male colleagues. Freyd is a pioneer in her field, the psychology of trauma, and an outspoken advocate for sexual assault survivors. She is also well known for her betrayal trauma theory and research on institutional betrayal. The Psychology Department has known […]

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Nadia Raza and Lane Community College Settle Discrimination Case

Nadia Raza and Lane Community College are pleased to announce that they have resolved Ms. Raza’s claims asserted in the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Case No. 6:16-cv-00098-AA. LCC has agreed to hire Sigma Threat Assessment, nationally-recognized experts in behavioral threat assessment, threat management, and violence prevention, to provide an individualized threat assessment and safety plan for Ms. Raza, and to implement their recommendations. LCC will also consult with campus safety experts to evaluate its threat assessment and response policies and procedures campus-wide and to train the threat assessment team related to these recommendations by May 2017. As part of an ongoing initiative, LCC is also in the process of reviewing its Title IX policies with an independent expert and will implement any needed improvements by May 2017. LCC has agreed it will provide more information to its Classroom Conduct Review Committee, made up […]

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Survivors settle claims for Oso landslide

Johnson Johnson & Schaller is pleased to announce that the Oso landslide claims against the State of Washington and Grandy Lake Forest Associates have been settled for $60 million. Attorneys Art Johnson and Scott Lucas got involved in this litigation shortly after the disaster and have provided litigation assistance throughout the process to the team of attorneys spearheading the case. Additional claims against Snohomish County are ongoing. More information about the settlement is available here: Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/timber-company-reaches-10m-settlement-in-oso-landslide-suit/ http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/50m-settlement-reached-in-oso-landslide-suit/ Register-Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34879674-75/proposed-settlement-reachedin-suit-over-landslide.html.csp  

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Massage Patient Sexually Assaulted at Lussuria Salon

Lussuria Salon’s masseuse, Hee Joon Yang, sexually assaulted a patient on December 15, 2015. The patient, going by Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit on September 26, 2016, in Lane County Circuit Court alleging sexual battery, professional negligence, invasion of privacy, and sex discrimination. Meredith Holley and Jennifer Middleton of Johnson Johnson & Schaller are representing her in the case. The Complaint is available here. If you have experienced a sexual assault during a massage from this masseuse or any other, your story could be important in keeping our community safe. Please call the attorneys at Johnson Johnson & Schaller at (541) 484-2434. Jane Doe, who had never before received a massage, scheduled her massage through the Lussuria Salon’s reception desk, which chose Yang as her masseuse. Jane Doe believed she would be safe and that she could rely on Yang to provide medical treatment. […]

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Saying She Had “Outlived Her Effectiveness,” The Corvallis Clinic Fired Long-Term Registered Nurse Geraldine Goff Because of Her Age

Registered nurse Geraldine Goff has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing The Corvallis Clinic of age discrimination when it fired her in February, 2015. The federal complaint is available here. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI), which found “substantial evidence” that The Corvallis Clinic engaged in illegal age discrimination when it fired Goff. The BOLI determination is available here. The BOLI determination is available here. Goff was then 76 and had worked for The Corvallis Clinic for twenty years. Goff had received good to excellent reviews throughout her tenure, including one in April, 2014, which rated her as meeting and exceeding expectations in nearly every category. But in November, 2014, then-Medical Director of The Corvallis Clinic Dr. Dennis Regan told a colleague, Dr. Charles Parker, that certain staff in the Immediate Care […]

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Fred Meyer discharged Katherine Whaley when she took her grandchildren to an emergency medical evaluation

Katherine “Kathy” Whaley worked for Fred Meyer for 26 years before it fired her for taking a day off to take her grandchildren to emergency medical evaluations. Ms. Whaley had worked her way up to become manager of the Santa Clara Fred Meyer Electronics Department, and had been in that position for 11 years before she was terminated. In those 11 years, she had only one disciplinary write up in her file – she disciplined herself for reading a new computer calendar system wrong and missing a shift in 2013. She was an exemplary employee. On the night of Friday, October 24, 2014, the Department of Human Services (DHS) called Ms. Whaley and told her that her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s four siblings needed emergency foster placement. Of course, Ms. Whaley and her husband welcomed them into their home. Ms. Whaley was scheduled to […]

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Leo Soell Finally Feels Safe at Work

Johnson Johnson & Schaller Client Leo Seoll finally feels safe at work. The Oregonian reports, “The Gresham-Barlow School District has agreed to pay $60,000 and make sweeping changes across its nearly two dozen

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Veterinary Assistant Sues Q Street Animal Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Q Street Animal Hospital fired Brandi Lynnes (pronounced Lin-EZ) because she has bipolar disorder. On April 13, 2016, Lynnes filed a lawsuit in Lane County Circuit Court, alleging that Q Street Animal Hospital discriminated against her based on her disability, in violation of Oregon state law. Johnson Johnson & Schaller attorneys Meredith Holley and Jennifer Middleton represent Lynnes. The Complaint is available here.. Although Q Street Animal Hospital told Brandi Lynnes that it believed her job performance was “wonderful,” when it learned that she was experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder and needed to take time off to recover, it suspended her from work. Q Street then put Brandi Lynnes on forced “medical leave” and sent a letter, without authorization or permission, to her personal psychiatrist, saying that she would need a “written clearance” before she would be allowed to return to work. Although no doctor […]

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Estate of man who dies in jail files suit against Lincoln County

Two weeks after he was booked on misdemeanor charges, Bradley Thomas died naked and alone in his jail cell in Lincoln County. When their mentally ill prisoner’s condition deteriorated, Sheriff’s deputies punished him instead of getting him the medical care he needed. His illness was so severe that he placed food in the toilet, and was seen naked in his cell, scooping feces from the toilet and wiping it on the bowl and sink, and at times licking areas in the cell smeared with the feces. Six days after he began to refuse food, deputies found him dead in his cell, lying naked on the floor. Attorneys Thomas Melville and Jennifer Middleton, of Johnson Johnson and Schaller, filed a wrongful death and civil rights law suit against Lincoln County in the U.S. District Court in Eugene on April 1, 2016. For news media coverage […]

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