A November verdict in favor of Young Basile client IXL Learning, Inc. of San Mateo, California was ranked by Law 360 as one of the most most significant of the year. The EEOC and former employee Adrian Scott Duane contended that IXL fired Duane, a transgender man, from his position as a product analyst in January 2015 because he had complained online about the company’s treatment of minority and disabled employees. The jury returned the verdict in favor of IXL after only two hours of deliberation.
The verdict was also featured in a recent article in The Recorder, which noted the defense strategy of Young Basile Litigation Department Chair and lead attorney, Jeff Wilson. The strategy included thoughtful jury selection, understanding the nuances of the allegations and that management had no knowledge that the plaintiff was transgender. The author expected that the issue would continue to be an important one going forward.