Gross v. FBL Fin. Servs., Inc., 557 U.S. 167 (2009). The U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff bringing an age discrimination claim under the ADEA must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that age was the “but-for” cause of the challenged adverse employment action.
Ames 2304, LLC v. City of Ames, Zoning Board of Adjustment, __ N.W.2d __, No. 17-1149, 2019 WL 1086853 (Iowa March 8, 2019). The Iowa Supreme Court held that the City of Ames Zoning Board of Adjustment erred in denying Ames 2304, LLC’s interior remodeling permit, affirmed the Court of Appeals decision, reversed the district court’s judgment, and remanded to the district court for entry of an order sustaining the writ of certiorari.
Jahnke v. Deere & Co., 912 N.W.2d 136 (Iowa 2018). The Iowa Supreme Court held that the Iowa Civil Rights Act does not apply extraterritorially and the alleged discriminatory acts occurred entirely outside Iowa, directing the district court to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims.
Ackelson v. Manley Toy Direct, LLC, 832 N.W.2d 678 (Iowa 2013). The Iowa Supreme Court held that punitive damages are not available under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Banks v. John Deere & Co., 829 F.3d 661 (8th Cir. 2016). The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff's race discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Sellers v. Deere & Co., 791 F.3d 938 (8th Cir. 2015) The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff’s age and disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.
Salami v. Von Maur, Inc., No. LACL118608 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2012 and 2014 (retrial)). Defense verdict on claims of race discrimination and racial harassment.
Campbell v. Deere & Company, et al., Case No. LACL123494 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2013). Defense verdict in race discrimination, race harassment, and retaliation case.
Gross v. FBL Fin. Servs., Inc., Case No. 4:04-cv-60209-TJS (S.D. Iowa 2010). Defense verdict in jury trial involving age discrimination claim under the ADEA and Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Polich v. Prudential Fin., Inc., 2011 646 F.3d 1116 (8th Cir. 2011) . The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for long-term disability insurer, finding insurer’s requests for independent medical examination and raw data in lieu of examination were reasonable under Iowa law.
Ernster v. Luxco, Inc., 596 F.3d 1000 (8th Cir. 2010). Court of Appeals affirmed entry of judgment on defense verdict after jury trial regarding issue of whether the plaintiff was an employee or independent contractor of the defendant. (Plaintiff alleged age discrimination claims under the ADEA and ICRA).
Huffman v. AADG, Inc., 2010 WL 624855 (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2010). Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s common law claim that he was subject to harassment, constructive discharge, and demotion because of his workplace injury.
Stewart v. Iowa Machinery & Supply Co., Inc., 772 N.W.2d 15 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009). Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s summary judgment ruling dismissing the plaintiffs’ civil conspiracy claims because section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act preempted the claims.
Cerwinske v. Cambrex Charles City, Inc., 2009 WL 331365 (8th Cir. Feb. 12, 2009). Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s denial of plaintiff’s post-judgment motion; District court granted summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s claims of sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII and the ICRA, and dismissed case in its entirety.