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Successful settlements before a lawsuit filed:

  • Social worker subject to harassment (2015)
  • Psychiatrist terminated by federal employer (2015)
  • Nurse fired by hospital (2014)
  • Restaurant workers required to work during breaks but not paid for their time (2012)
  • Interior designer fired in retaliation for complaints about workplace harassment (2011)

Successful settlements after a lawsuit filed:

  • Confidential settlement for teacher denied promotion based on age (2013)
  • Confidential settlement for construction worker fired in retaliation for reporting prevailing wage violations (2013)
  • Confidential settlement for high-tech employee fired because of disability (2012)
  • $3.1 million settlement in class action against lender who engaged in unfair practices, brought on behalf of consumers nationwide (2012)
  • $100,000 settlement for renter discriminated against by landlord who denied reasonable accommodation of her disability (2008)
  • $300,000 state court wage settlement for janitors at sports arena who were not paid for all work time (2007)
  • $1.2 million federal bankruptcy court settlement for trucking company employees who did not receive legally required layoff notice (2005)
  • $600,000 settlement for professional football players who did not receive contractually required wages (1986)

Successful jury verdicts, court decisions, and arbitration awards

  • Laid off college professor reinstated by arbitrator with full back pay (2014)
  • Class certified in unconscionable lending practice case brought on behalf of low income consumers who borrowed unsecured loans and won summary judgment finding lender violated the law. O’Donovan v. CashCall, Inc., No. 08-03174, 278 F.R.D. 479 (2011) and 56 F. Supp. 1073, 1091 (2014).
  • Landmark court decision after trial that university violated Title IX by denying women an equal opportunity to participate in college athletics. Mansourian v. Board of Regents of UC Davis, No. 03-2591, 816 F. Supp. 2d 869 (2011)
  • $2.5 million jury verdict against anti-tax advocate. Upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court, AFT v. Oregon Taxpayers United, 345 Or. 1 (2008)
  • Female retail store employee stated triable claims for emotional distress and false imprisonment stemming from coerced interrogation about alleged theft (settled before trial). Campbell v. Safeway, 332 F. Supp. 2d 1367 (D. Or. 2004)
  • College faculty stated triable contract claim against college for altering retirement plan (settled before trial), Furrer v. Southwestern Oregon Comm. College, 196 Or. App. 374 (2004)
  • $415,000 federal court jury verdict for female flaggers in sex discrimination lawsuit, Beil v. Grant County (D. Or, 1998)
  • Family of flagger killed entitled to settlement proceeds without reimbursement to workers compensation insurer, Liberty Northwest v. Golden, 138 Or. App. 388 (1996)
  • Farmworkers are constitutionally entitled to protest working conditions near farm property, PCUN v. Goldschmidt, 790 F. Supp. 216 (D. Or. 1990)
  • Mentally disabled prisoners are constitutionally entitled to treatment, Ohlinger v. Watson, 652 F. 2d 775 (9th Cir. 1978)
  • Minority students in NYC public schools discriminately disciplined in violation of federal constitution and law, Lora v. Board of Education, 456 F. Supp. 1211 (EDNY 1977)
  • Forced labor of minors in juvenile state facility violates federal constitution’s 13th Amendment proscription against slavery. King v. Carey, 405 F. Supp. 41 (WDNY, 1975)


  • “Thank you for your excellent work. Your work, and this experience, has been inspiring to me.” Bernadette, college faculty president
  • “My case was a very complex one, which many lawyers found daunting. Mr. Mechanic, not only understood my case and the complexities, but his support staff also had the experience and abilities to help him represent me very successfully. His representation is thorough, professional and beyond reproach. His preparation, accessibility and experience make him the best attorney that one could hope to have represent you.” Steve, contractor
  • “Gene Mechanic is thorough, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and kept in constant communication with me throughout the process of working together. I would very definitely refer him.” Mia, designer
  • “Whitney was kind, professional, and on top of everything. I appreciate how she successfully managed the many complicated issues in my case.” Nancy, retiree
  • “Gene, you’re the best lawyer I know.” Steve, web producer, national cable news
  • “Thank you for believing in me [and] for doing so many things during this time. You have been professional and kind. It makes a difference to me.” LaVonne, teacher
  • “I appreciate all you did for my case.” Diane, truck driver

Successful National Labor Relations Board & State Employment Relations Board rulings

  • Employer unlawfully failed to implement arbitration award requiring reinstatement of laid off college professor, SWOCC Faculty Federation v. SWOCC, UP-032-14 (Oregon ERB, 2014)
  • Employer restriction on hospital employee speech in union organizing campaign was unlawful, Naples Community Hospital, 355 NLRB 171 (2010)
  • Employer committed unfair labor practices by restricting employee speech and changing store policies, Albertson’s Inc., 351 NLRB 21 (2007)
  • Union organizers were entitled to store access Albertson’s, Inc. 332 NLRB 1132 (2000)
  • TV producers were entitled to union election, King Broadcasting, 329 NLRB 378 (1999)

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