Below is a sample of cases mediated by Steve Pearl:
Action by female trade show brand ambassador, alleging that she was terminated after she complained of sexual harassment and battery by supervisor. Defendant alleged that the plaintiff was an independent contractor, rather than an employee, that the supervisor was employed by a separate entity, and that the plaintiff exaggerated the alleged misconduct. Resolved at mediation.
Action by long-term female household employee, alleging that male employer asked her to go on a date with him, offered to pay her for sex, and terminated her when she said no. The plaintiff also alleged that the defendants violated a number of wage and hour laws throughout her employment. The defendants denied the allegations and alleged that they terminated the plaintiff because she had exhibited increasingly odd behavior – including accusing another household employee of sexually harassing her – she repeatedly showed up late for work, and she inappropriately left their small child unattended. Resolved on a mediator’s proposal after mediation.