Representative Cases

The following cases are a sampling of the kind of work Caitlyn has done on behalf of clients for more than a decade.

Theodore v. University of North Carolina

Dr. Adrea Theodore was an African-American pediatrician at UNC Hospitals whose pay was reduced by 40% after she returned from maternity leave.  Dr. Theodore sued alleging discrimination based on sex, race and pregnancy.  Caitlyn negotiated a settlement of $200,000 for Dr. Theodore.  You can read a News and Observer article regarding the case at this link.

In the News: UNC Physician Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Trochum v. North Carolina State University

Ann Trochum was a sergeant with the NCSU Campus Police Department.  She filed a complaint alleging that she was paid less than all of the male sergeants.  After she complained, NCSU removed her from her position as a detective and assigned her to night-shift patrol.  The Office of Administrative Hearings determined that NCSU had discriminated against Trochum on the basis of sex by paying her less than her male counterparts, and retaliated against her because of her complaint of sex discrimination.

Sgt. Trochum was awarded back pay, benefits, and attorney’s fees.  The Wake County Superior Court upheld the decision.  While NCSU’s appeal and Sgt. Trochum’s related federal lawsuit were pending, the parties reached a resolution of the matter.  NCSU agreed to pay Trochum $150,000, which included her back wages and benefits, attorney’s fees, and compensation for mental and emotional suffering.

Hartley v. MV Transportation, Inc.

Thomas Hartley was the general manager of the Durham Area Transit Authority.  Hartley, who is white, was fired after a City Councilwoman pressured the contractor running DATA to hire a black manager.  He sued, alleging race discrimination and wrongful termination.  An arbitrator awarded Hartley $172,844 in back pay and benefits.

Click here for an article on Hartley v. DATA
In the News: DATA Firing Ruled Illegal

Johnson v. Trustees of Durham Technical Community College

As an associate at Glenn, Mills & Fisher, P.A., Caitlyn Thomson and Stewart Fisher successfully represented plaintiff Susan F. Johnson in a disability discrimination case against Durham Technical Community College.  Ms. Johnson was employed by Durham Tech to teach classes to inmates at the Durham County Jail.  She was disabled as a result of having polio as a child.  After she began using a wheelchair, Durham Tech terminated Ms. Johnson because of her disability.  To read the North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in this case, click here.

Muhammad v. City of Reidsville

In June 1997, Amon Muhammad applied for a permit from the City of Reidsville, North Carolina to hold an event called “Black Family Day” which was intended to promote racial integration and awareness of race issues in Reidsville.  The City denied his permit application because Mr. Muhammad was a member of the Nation of Islam Reidsville Study Group.  Caitlyn successfully argued that the City’s decision was based on an ordinance that violated the First Amendment rights of the people of Reidsville.  The City agreed to grant the permit, and pay Mr. Muhammad for his costs and attorney’s fees.  Caitlyn handled this case as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of North Carolina.

Durham Public Schools Cases

In the fall of 2000, Caitlyn brought suit against the Durham Public Schools Board of Education and one of its substitute teachers in response to the use of corporal punishment by the teacher in violation of the federal constitutional rights of the students involved.  The three students were in third grade at the time of the incident.  On the eve of trial, Caitlyn secured a favorable settlement for the children.  They received a total of $105,000, to be placed in annuities until their eighteenth birthdays so they could go to college.

*Please note that these descriptions of prior cases are not intended to imply that a similar result could be achieved in your case.  Each case must be evaluated independently.  Please call our office at 919-680-6100 if you would like to schedule a consultation.