Mark Buchanan Law Office

Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Mark A. Buchanan is dedicated exclusively to enforcement of employee rights. We have achieved success in several trail-blazing cases for employment rights. Some of our representative trial victories are:

In 1994, we obtained the first jury verdict for pregnancy discrimination in the United States, under the Civil Rights Act of 1991, in Pace v. Shoney's, Inc. The trial resulted in a verdict of $403,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs.
In 1996, we obtained the first jury verdict for punitive damages in Kansas' federal courts under the Equal Pay Act, in Merrill v. Cintas, Inc.

We were lead counsel in Jones v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., tried in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, which resulted in a verdict for Ms. Jones of $10,000 in compensatory damages, and $1.2 million in punitive damages, plus costs and attorney's fees, based on her claim of sexual harassment. The judgment was upheld by the district court. See Jones v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., 281 F.Supp.2d 1277 (D. Kan. 2003).

Another first came in November 2003, for a woman fired because she had the courage to complain of sexual harassment by her supervisor. In Longacre v. USF Dugan Trucking Co, we won the first jury verdict in a discrimination case, in that federal courtroom.

In June 2005, we were co-counsel in Wood v. John Knox Village, a retaliation case, for an employee fired for complaining of sexual harassment. Tried before the Honorable Justine E. Del Muro, it was the first jury verdict for an employee under the Missouri Human Rights Act in that Jackson County Circuit Court.

And, in January 2006, we won a verdict of $6.8 million dollars, for sexual harassment, as co-counsel for the plaintiff, along with Kirk D. Holman, in Kendra Lynn v. TNT Logistics, Inc., also tried in Kansas City, Missouri. This was the first verdict for sexual harassment in the state of Missouri court system under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Other recent trial victories include:

$125,000 verdict plus attorney's fees and costs, for retaliation, U.S. District Court of Kansas, October 2007.

January 2008: $300,000 verdict for termination because of whistle-blowing, in the Jackson County Circuit Court at Independence.

 

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