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Steve Goldstein and Lori Hurl win at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

BPM attorneys Steve Goldstein and Lori Hurl represented IEC, an electrical apprenticeship program, in a lawsuit brought by a former apprentice. The plaintiff claimed IEC engaged in employment discrimination under: (1) Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964; (2) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; (3) Washington’s Law Against Discrimination; (4) Washington’s Age Discrimination statute; and (5) 42 U.S.C. § 1981.  Steve and Lori filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that not only was plaintiff unable to prove their client engaged in any discrimination, but that plaintiff’s claims must be dismissed because four of the five pled causes of action did not apply to an apprenticeship program. The U.S. District Court granted IEC’s motion for summary judgment on all claims and the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal.