RACE DISCRIMINATION TRIAL STARTS IN MOBILE
“Five black men who worked for Austal USA in Mobile took their racial discrimination lawsuit to federal court Monday, opening a 2-week civil trial. The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages, are among 22 people who made racial discrimination claims against the shipbuilder, which is the city’s largest industrial employer. They accused the company of allowing a hostile work environment, filled with slurs, nooses and threatening graffiti.”
–Brendan Kirby, Press-Register
Please see the full article at AL.com
SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST ASU VERDICT RETURNED
Ms. McGowan represented three plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against Alabama State University for claims of racial and sexual harassment and retaliation. The plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a racially and sexually hostile work environment from their supervisors, which included being called various forms of the “N” word and being subjected to other racially and sexually hostile conduct. The plaintiffs also alleged that they were retaliated against, including termination for two of them, after they made complaints of discrimination. The jury returned a verdict for all three plaintiffs in an amount totaling $1,039,119.30
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Sexual, racial harassment trial against ASU begins (Montgomery Advertiser)
EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION CHILI COOK-OFF
Lawyers at Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC participated in the 2013 Exceptional Foundation Chili Cookoff, helping raise over $200,000 to benefit social and recreational programs for mentally and physically challenged individuals. Led by Head Chef Dennis Pantazis, the team consisting of Brian Clark, Craig Lowell, Rocco Calamusa, Daniel Arciniegas, Kimberley Sanders, and Kurt Kilpatrick, cooked hot and delicious chili while braving a barrage of snow flurries. Unfortunately, the WCQP chili did not win any awards, but we will be back next year with a new and improved recipe!
Check us out (and some more of the pictures from this great event) on facebook at www.facebook.com/wcqpllc
From left to right Tamika Wren, Ann Robertson, Judge Carol Privett, and Robin Burrell
WOMEN’S SECTION OF THE BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION
The Women’s Section of the Birmingham Bar Association will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding in 2014. Ann Robertson was a founding member of the Section and was very active in its formation. As a member of the Section’s first Board, Ann successfully promoted the YWCA’s KID’S Korner, a day care for children who are homeless. This project lead to a long partnership between the YWCA and the Women’s Section.
In partnership with one of its lending partners, ServisFirst Bank, the AlabmaSAVES program helps two Alabama businesses fund energy efficiency improvements that will reduce CO2 emissions by estimated total of 1M lbs/year.
Kress Building, LLC was one of the Alabama businesses that took advantage of the low cost financing provided through the AlabamaSAVES initiative. TRANE developed the energy project for their 1937 79,400 square foot office building, which is expected to save the Kress Building $34,822/year in energy costs and generate 326,354 kWh/year in energy savings. The project’s scope included replacement of two 7 EER water cooled chillers operating fixed set points with a super-efficient 23.5 EER VFD optimized helical-rotary chiller and controls that exceeds ASHREA 90.1 -2010 minimum efficiency guidelines
KRESS BUILDING ACHIEVES $34,822/YEAR IN ENERGY COST SAVINGS THROUGH ALABAMASAVES INITIATIVE
9 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED 2014 ALABAMA SUPER LAWYERS
Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb LLC is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers. Bob Wiggins, Bob Childs, Dennis Pantazis, Sam Fisher, Jon Goldfarb, Craig Lowell, Candis McGowan, Josh Wilson, and L. William. Smith were all selected for inclusion on this esteemed list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
3 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED 2014-2015 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA
Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb LLC is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have selected for inclusion in the 2014-2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Bob Childs, Candis McGowan, and Temple Trueblood were selected after an exhaustive nomination and peer review process lasting several months.
Bob Childs is selected in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Candis McGowan is selected in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals, Labor Law – Union and Litigation – Labor and Employment. In addition, Ms. McGowan has been named Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 Birmingham Labor Law – Union “Lawyer of the Year.”
Temple Trueblood is selected in the practice areas of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
2 WIGGINS CHILDS LAWYERS NAMED B-METRO’S TOP WOMEN LAWYERS
WIGGINS CHILDS PANTAZIS FISHER GOLDFARB ONE OF US NEWS’ BEST LAW FIRMS
We’re very proud to announce that the firm has been selected as one of US News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms”, receiving a ranking of Tier 1: Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor & Employment and Tier 2: Labor Law – Union
The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. The Firms has 3 Lawyers in the Best Lawyers list: Bob Childs, Temple Trueblood, and Candis McGowan
WIGGINS CHILDS PANTAZIS FISHER GOLDFARB NAMED TOP 10 LITIGATION FIRM
This week, The Birmingham Business Journal has published a Who’s Who in Law special section. Our Managing Partner, Robert L. Wiggins, is among the lawyers listed, and the Firm is listed at #10 among the Top Litigation Firms in Birmingham.