NOTEWORTHY CASES | jonathan p wallas

1998 |
Worthy v. Biggers Brothers

Jon Wallas successfully represented Brown T. Worthy at trial in federal district court and later on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling that Biggers Brothers, Inc., a wholesale food distribution company in Charlotte, had discriminated against Mr. Worthy, who was African American, by failing to promote him to a sales position. The Court of Appeals also affirmed a sizeable award of back wages and attorney fees for Mr. Worthy.

1985 |
Anderson v. City of Bessemer

Jon Wallas represented Ms. Anderson, who was passed over for the position of Director of Recreational Facilities and Programs of Bessemer City, North Carolina in favor of a man with less experience and qualifications. Wallas brought suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act claiming that Ms. Anderson had been denied the position on account of her sex. The district court found sex discrimination but was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and reinstated the district court’s vindication of Ms. Anderson’s claim.