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Z&F Cases Zuckerman & Fisher handles matters on behalf of employees where the potential recoveries run from a few thousand dollars to in excess of a million dollars. It seeks to resolve all disputes without resort to litigation; however, when necessary to obtain reasonable relief for the client, it is committed to carrying representation into litigation and through trial. In appropriate situations, the firm is also willing to handle appeals of adverse decisions at the trial level. Following is a sampling of settlements and trial verdicts obtained by the firm on behalf of its clients: „

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Harassment by Co-Employees. An employee of a utility company had been harassed by co-employees, with the apparent acquiescence of the company, for many years. The firm filed suit against the company, alleging race discrimination, discrimination based upon actual or perceived disability, and discrimination based upon actual or perceived sexual orientation. On the eve of trial, the matter settled, with the client receiving a recovery a few thousand dollars shy of $1,000,000. Age Discrimination; Whistleblowing. An industrial corporation controller in his mid-50s was fired after twenty years of service. The company asserted that the firing was because of alleged misconduct by managerial employees including the controller. The controller argued that he was not responsible for the conduct complained of, which conduct had been authorized by the company, and that the real reason for his termination was his age and/or the fact that he complained of improper/illegal/unethical activity engaged in by professional representatives of the company. The firm filed a complaint on behalf of the client; shortly prior to trial, the matter was settled with the payment of $100,000 to the client. AIDs Discrimination. A salesperson suffering from AIDs was terminated by his company, allegedly as part of a down-sizing. When the company began to hire again, it failed to re-hire the salesperson. The firm instituted litigation against the company, alleging, among other claims, that the client had been terminated and not re-hired because of his AIDs. During the litigation, the client died; but the firm pressed the matter to trial on behalf of his estate. Following a threeweek trial, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the estate for over $200,000 plus attorney fees. The company appealed; and the matter

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was settled while on appeal for almost $250,000. „

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Race Discrimination. Two African-American custodians at a large financial services company complained they were subjected to harassing comments by a supervisor on-site. Although the company denied the allegations, the firm was able to settle the matter without litigation by obtaining for each client the sum of $50,000. Sexual Harassment. A female employee of a research firm was subjected to sexually harassing comments and unwanted sexual touching by her supervisor on a repeated basis. Shortly after filing a complaint, the employee was able to reach a settlement with the company paying her $110,000. Sexual Harassment. A nanny was sexually harassed and assaulted by her employer, a high-ranking executive of a large corporation. Prior to instituting litigation, the firm secured a settlement which paid the client $750,000. Age and Disability Discrimination. An employee of an auto repair facility was terminated after many years of faithful and competent service. Although the employer argued that the termination was based upon the employee's alleged refusal to perform certain work, the employee alleged that it was really due to the employee's age (56) and his deafness. After trial by a jury, the client was awarded a recovery in excess of $1,000,000. That verdict is currently on appeal. Alleged Sexual Misconduct by a Priest. An Episcopal priest was accused by two female parishioners of sexual harassment, the harassment consisting of an alleged kiss (admitted to have been permitted by the complainant) and overly vigorous hugs. Within six months, the number of women complainants had grown to ten, and the complaints ranged from touching a covered leg to a compliment on one's hair. Additionally, a minor complainant (the child of one of the adult complainants) surfaced to allege the priest had sexually assaulted her on the church property three years earlier and had recently (while the complaints were pending) attempted another sexual assault on her in his office a mere 30 feet from an on-going coffee hour. After five years and trials and proceedings before an ecclesiastical trial court and a church Court of Review, during which the firm presented expert medical testimony (unrebutted by the church attorney) that because of physical infirmities the priest could not have assaulted the minor as alleged, all charges against the priest were dismissed.

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