On July 28, 2014, NELA filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court in Graves v. Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., No. 13-1546. The petition was filed by NELA members Richard T. Seymour and Eric Schnapper on behalf of petitioner Daniel B. Graves. The issue in this age discrimination case is whether courts should grant summary judgment by relying on inferences that excuse all but the most egregious evidence of discrimination. NELA scrutinizes requests for amicus briefs at the petition stage closely. One was warranted here because this issue falls squarely within NELA’s current amicus priorities of combatting summary judgment abuse and challenging judicially created doctrines that erect barriers to jury trial access to plaintiffs alleging employment discrimination.
Plaintiff Graves held the positions of both director and managing director at defendant Deutsche Bank with responsibility for maintaining relationships with major corporate clients. Graves complained that some of his accounts being were re-assigned to younger bankers with the effect of significantly decreasing his annual bonus. He was terminated days before the bonuses were scheduled to be paid. Graves testified that his supervisor said that the dismissal was not performance based, but motivated because … Read More