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Greensfelder upholds defense verdict for employer in appeal of discrimination case

June 9, 2017

On June 6, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed a 2015 jury verdict in favor of broker-dealer Edward Jones, which Greensfelder attorneys defended against discrimination and whistleblower claims.

The appeal stemmed from a seven-day trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, which ended in a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Edward Jones and one of its supervisors on all counts. Jurors in the December 2015 trial found that Edward Jones did not discriminate against a former employee because of her gender or because of alleged whistleblower complaints.

After considering the plaintiff’s eight grounds for appeal, the three-judge Eastern District appellate panel issued an order affirming the defense verdict and upholding each of the trial court’s rulings that were challenged in the appeal.

Molly Batsch, an officer in Greensfelder’s Employment & Labor group, briefed and argued the case before the Missouri Court of Appeals, with assistance from litigation Officer Erv Switzer and Employment & Labor Officer Amy Blaisdell. The defense team in the December 2015 trial in Amy Grosse v. Edward Jones included Batsch and Blaisdell.