Madia Law was honored to represent Daniel in a disability discrimination and retaliation case against one of the largest multinational corporations in the world. Because he was a good man and a dedicated worker, Daniel had advanced to a leadership position within the company.
While in that position, he disclosed a disability to his employer and requested accommodations. In the years before disclosing his disability, Daniel had excellent performance reviews and was noted for his communication skills, writing prowess, and leadership ability. He even landed a large account for this company, making them millions of dollars.
Daniel’s Request for Accommodations
When Daniel disclosed his disability in a meeting with human resources and requested reasonable accommodations, H.R. did nothing. So, realizing he was a victim of disability discrimination, Daniel retained an attorney, who wrote a letter to the company asking for accommodations for Daniel.
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His Wrongful Termination
The very next day, Daniel’s employer decided to terminate him. They did not tell him immediately, but they started trying to paper his file to create the justification for firing him, which they did two months later.
Daniel and his previous attorney tried to negotiate a settlement, but the most the company was willing to offer was $25,000. His attorney told him to accept it, but Daniel did not. Instead, he chose to fight. Ultimately, Daniel contacted Madia Law.
Laws Against Disability Discrimination
We took the case, alleging that Daniel’s employer had discriminated against him because of his disability and had not made the accommodations necessary to comply with the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We also alleged that this company retaliated against Daniel by deciding to terminate him after he made his accommodations request and complained of workplace discrimination.
We litigated this case in federal court for three years.
Motions for Summary Judgment
Our opponent was tough, and they didn’t give anything up. They took us to summary judgment, and we did the same. We said the court should grant our client a judgment without a trial.
Usually, most plaintiffs’ lawyers will wait for the defense to bring a motion for summary judgment, which is when the defense moves the court to dismiss the case and says, “Look, your honor, even if you believe everything the plaintiff is saying, there’s nothing here; you should throw this case out of court without even having a trial.”
More than half of employment cases are dismissed on summary judgment, and these plaintiffs don’t even get a trial.
Our Minneapolis Employment Lawyers Have an Excellent Record
Our record is much better than that for a couple of reasons. First, we only take a few cases at a time, and second, when we do, we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients. We have a discovery record that is so solid, and we’ve taken so many depositions and gotten so many admissions from the employer.
While every case is unique, this is usually something that our Minneapolis employment lawyers achieve for our clients.
We Were Prepared for Trial
This particular judge, who is not known for being friendly to plaintiffs and, before this case, had only let one other plaintiff get by on summary judgment, denied both sides’ motions and said the case was going to trial, which is exactly what we wanted.
As experienced trial lawyers, we had already prepared the case for trial with things like:
- Pretrial filings
- Motions eliminae
- Trial lists
- Exhibit lists
- Special verdict forms
- Jury instructions
- Other necessary documentation
We had all of our witnesses together and were ready to go.
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$3 Million Case Settlement Offer Two Weeks Before Trial
Two weeks before trial, this multinational corporation that had been fighting Daniel for years agreed to settle his case for $3 million.
And remember, the most they previously offered was $25,000, and his other lawyer had advised him to take it.
Daniel’s story is just one example of our successful case results. We are lucky to represent many brave people who face nearly impossible odds like him.
Free Consultation With a Minnesota Employment Lawyer
If your employer has discriminated against you for any reason, don’t hesitate to take action. Schedule a free consultation today with one of our experienced Minnesota employment lawyers. Your workplace concerns matter; we’re here to listen, assess your situation, and provide the guidance and support you need.
At Madia Law, we love going up against giants, and together, we can fight for a fair resolution in your case. When your future is on the line, doing nothing is not an option. Contact us today for a free consultation.