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WSU Professor Awarded $300K in Age Discrimination Case

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignleft" width="225"]Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz[/caption] Wayne State University is appealing a jury verdict received by veterinary professor Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz in an age discrimination action handled by firm co-founder Michael Pitt. Earlier this year, a Wayne County Circuit Court jury awarded Dr. Hrapkiewicz $300,000 plus attorney fees and costs. Dr. Hrapkiewicz had been employed as a clinical veterinarian at Wayne State University's Division of Animal Resource. She was also director of Wayne County Community College District Veterinary Technology Program. She was terminated February 28, 2011. A 37-year employee of WSU, Dr. Hrapkiewicz had always been given excellent reviews and was never disciplined or given written warnings of poor performance. At the time of her termination, the university was in the process of changing from the old guard to those designated to be "future" leaders. Despite her experience, Dr. Hrapkiewicz remains positive about Wayne State and wishes to be recognized as a teacher who made important contributions. She also hopes that WSU will look at employees differently and treat them more fairly.  

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.