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Greensfelder team wins jury verdict for Edward Jones on discrimination claim

December 16, 2015

A team of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale attorneys obtained a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client Edward Jones and one of its supervisors on all counts in defending the investment company against a former employee’s discrimination and whistleblower claims.

In the seven-day trial that ended Dec. 15 in St. Louis County Circuit Court, jurors found that Edward Jones had not discriminated against the former employee as a result of her gender or because of alleged whistleblower complaints. She sought a total of $600,000 in lost pay and benefits. 

The case, Amy Grosse v. Edward Jones, initially also included claims alleging age discrimination and retaliation, as well as additional alleged whistleblower claims. The defense successfully obtained summary judgment on the retaliation claims before trial, and the judge directed defense verdicts on two alleged whistleblower claims and the age discrimination claim during the trial. That left the issue of gender discrimination and two alleged whistleblower claims for the jury to decide, and the jury rejected all three claims.

The defense team was Greensfelder attorneys Amy Blaisdell and Molly Batsch