The hearing dealt with different dimensions of federal court discrimination against employee filed lawsuits. Mehri is on the Board of Advisors at NIAC and a founding partner of the law firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC.
According to the study, the rate of employer victories overturned in appeals is dwarfed by that of overturned cases where the employee was initially victorious; employer victories have an 8.72% reversal rate compared with employee victories which have a 41.10% reversal rate. Mehri cites the study by Dean Schwab and Professor Clermont in his testimony stating "An appeal reversal disparity that is five to one is indefensible."Additionally, the numbers of discrimination cases which actually go to court are down from the 1997 numbers by 37%, indicating disillusionment with the system on the part of the workers. Furthermore, the study found that a disparity exists between employer victories in bench cases versus trial cases. In short, employees are more likely to find sympathy for their cases in juries, than in judges. "Federal Courts are hostile towards employee rights" said Nancy Richards-Stower, a civil rights attorney interviewed in the study.Mehri, an active member in the Iranian-American community, served as legal counsel in the two largest class action race discrimination suites in American history.
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