CALIFORNIA SETTLES WITH PRISON DOCTOR OVER LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION

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Medina Orthwein represented State Prison Psychologist, Lori Jespersen, in her discrimination and whistleblower claims against the California Department of Corrections for exposing LGBTQ and Prisoner Abuse. A California prison psychologist who alleged in a lawsuit that guards locked her in a cell with a convicted rapist after she spoke up on behalf of transgender inmates. “Ms. Jespersen is happy in the sense that her complaints were not in vain, that her advocacy for herself and her community were not going to be wasted,” Attorney Felicia Medina said. “She wanted CDCR to be aware that people are going to come forward.” Read more here.


$19.5 Million Gender Discrimination Settlement Provides Comprehensive Programmatic Relief for Qualcomm Women in Stem

“The abstract commitment to workplace equality for women will never become a reality without tangible commitments to transparency and guaranteed freedom from reprisal,” said Felicia Medina. “Without those and other concrete structural changes, lofty promises for diversity and equality go unfulfilled. By paying $19.5 million in monetary relief and agreeing to additional costs associated with instituting internal changes, Qualcomm is investing in real equity for its current employees and for a rising generation of women in tech.” Read more here.


BET & Viacom SETTLE DISCRIMINATION SUIT WITH FORMER PROGRAMMING HEAD

Medina Orthwein represented Zola Mashariki, a former BET executive, in her claims against the media conglomerate. Ms. Mashariki stated the discrimination she endured was rooted in a misogynistic culture. BET & Viacom settled the suit in December 2017. Read more here.