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5.17.2001

Lane Powell Wins Victory For Employers: Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Claims to Reach Juries, Preserves Ability to Dismiss Marginal Claims before Trial

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Issuing what may be the most significant decision for employers in the past three years, the Washington Supreme Court yesterday clarified the standard that a plaintiff employee must meet in order for his or her state law discrimination claim to reach a jury. The case is entitled Hill v. BCTI, No. 23219-11 (Wash. S. Ct. May 17, 2001) and in it the Court ruled that, to avoid dismissal, an employee plaintiff must present some evidence that the employer’s adverse decision was motivated by discriminatory animus. View full article (PDF).