Below you can find our official press releases on our currently open cases. To see media coverage on these cases, visit our press page.

Renowned Artist & Teacher Stephen Buescher Sues American Conservatory Theater For Race Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, and Retaliation

On February 19, 2019, Medina Orthwein LLP filed a complaint on behalf of Stephen Buescher in the San Francisco Superior Court. The complaint alleges that during his ten-year career, Mr. Buescher — a highly accomplished African American actor, director, and instructor — was discriminated against because of his race by prominent theater company, the American Conservatory Theater (“ACT”). Mr. Buescher claims that ACT leadership created a racially hostile environment and has a pattern and practice of systematically discriminating against Black artists, faculty, staff, and students.

PDF of Buescher Press Release (To download, right click & ‘save link as’)

File-stamped Buescher Complaint (2.19.2019)


Medina Orthwein Joins Transgender Prisoner's #MeTooBehindBars Lawsuit; Community Hopeful Governor Newsom’s Administration Will Implement Policies to Protect Transgender Prisoners in California

On January 7, 2019, Medina Orthwein LLP filed an amended complaint on behalf of Candice Crowder in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The complaint alleges that Ms. Crowder – a transgender woman of color, incarcerated in men’s prisons since January 2015 – has been brutalized, sexually assaulted, and knifed while in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”).

PDF of Crowder Press Release

File-stamped Crowder complaint (1.7.2019)


MEDINA ORTHweIN FILES Class Action Lawsuit Against AC Transit for Discriminating & Retaliating Against Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women

On Friday, December 28, Medina Orthwein LLP filed a class action lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court against Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) alleging pregnancy discrimination and failure to accommodate under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Leave Law (PDLL). AC Transit Employee Nikki McNaulty alleges she was denied reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy and pregnancy- related conditions, including lactation needs, and was instead placed on multiple forced and unpaid leaves of absences. Additional plaintiff and AC Transit employee Jada Edward claims that AC Transit refused to accommodate her pregnancy and lactation needs and that the refusal caused negative financial, emotional, and physical impacts on her and her family. Ms. Edward was forced to take unauthorized bathroom breaks in public restrooms where she would pump and dump her breastmilk, just to ease the physical pain of driving engorged. AC Transit’s discrimination and retaliation had negative financial, emotional, and physical impacts on our plaintiffs and their families.

PDF of Amended Complaint Press Release (1.22.19)

File-stamped Amended AC Transit Complaint (1.22.19)