In 2015, our client Dr. Shereen Kader, a former professor at Harris-Stowe University, was awarded with a $2.5 million verdict on an employment discrimination claim against Harris-Stowe University. Dr. Kader refused to stand for such appalling discrimination based on nationality and courageously fought her way to justice, resulting in the fourth largest employment discrimination verdict of 2015 on her behalf, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly. We are honored to continue to assist Dr. Kader through the Missouri Appellate Court process as she continues her pursuit of justice.
In a very similar case in the St. Louis Circuit Court, Beverly Wilkins, also a former instructor at Harris-Stowe University, was awarded up to a $4.85 million verdict against the University. After nine years of working at the University, Wilkins was never promoted and then fired in 2010, with state budget cuts being the reason given. Despite this, Wilkins’ position was replaced with two new instructors. Wilkins claimed that she was fired from the school’s College of Education simply because she is white.
The University appealed the Court’s decision regarding Beverly Wilkins’ verdict. However, the Eastern District Court of Appeals this month affirmed (upheld) the verdict. We are unaware at this time whether the University will continue the appeals process to the Missouri Supreme Court.