The Latina factory worker who was fired for speaking Spanish on the job won an acceptable settlement - in financial terms - with the help of the University of Connecticut Law School clinic headed by Professor Jon Bauer. But the company's lawyers required her to forfeit half the settlement money if she ever talked to other potential litigants about the case. Not long after the settlement, however, a fellow worker at the same factory was fired for the same reason, and Bauer's client wanted to talk to her. "Our client's lawsuit had been about her right to speak out against perceived discrimination, and it was painfully ironic that the settlement was now silencing her on the same subject."
Ethical Pitfalls Of Secret Settlements
The Connecticut Law Tribune
July 20, 2009
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