A minister used his pastoral counseling sessions to convince an emotionally vulnerable member of his church that it was God’s will that she should have sex with him. In a case brought during her years in private practice, partner Jean Hyams brought suit against the minister and his church for breach of the relationship of trust between clergy and parishioner. After aggressive litigation, the matter resolved confidentially on the eve of trial.
When several 4th graders in Berkeley were molested by a teacher, partner Leslie Levy won a settlement of $1.9 million and an agreement for system-wide training on issues of sexual abuse of children by school personnel.
While in private practice, partner Leslie Levy brought a groundbreaking case alleging sexual harassment in housing. She represented multiple tenants whose apartment manager was perpetrating severe sexual harassment against them. The settlement achieved was the largest settlement in the nation at the time for a housing sexual harassment case. The publicity generated by this case, including a television appearances on Oprah and prominent coverage in newspapers around the country led to increased training, education and attention to the problem of sexual harassment in housing.
Partner Leslie Levy brought two cases against BART on behalf of passengers with disabilities. These cases have made the system more accessible to the people with disabilities who rely on BART trains for transportation. Because of one lawsuit, BART installed edge detection rubber flooring at all of its stations to assist people who are blind […]
Partners Leslie Levy and Jean Hyams secured one of the largest settlements ever achieved against the San Francisco Police Department, on behalf of a court reporter whose arm was broken by an aggressive police officer during a peaceful anti-war demonstration. The same officer was later fired by the San Francisco Police Commission for making false […]
Partner Sharon Vinick represented two men who alleged that they had been demoted, and constructively terminated, after complaining that their boss repeated made racist, sexist and homophobic comments about other employees, and discriminated against employees and job applicants. The case, which was in arbitration, settled in the high six-figures.
A swim coach reported that one of her assistant coaches was engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with minors on the swim team. Her public employer refused to do anything to correct the situation and she resigned from her job rather than sit by and watch the young team members be harmed. Partners Leslie Levy and […]
Partner Jean Hyams brought suit for wrongful termination in violation of public policy on behalf of a police officer who was terminated after he complained to his superiors that he had been unlawfully pressured to falsify a police report. By taking depositions of command officers up the chain of command to the level of chief […]