State Supreme Court finds for Plaintiff in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

In September 2014 the Washington State Supreme Court found for the plaintiff in the case of Scrivener vs Clark College by find that the plaintiff had enough evidence to survive summary judgment. Summary Judgment is in essence a procedure where the defense tries to get your case thrown out of court without even getting to trial. In the Scrivener case the plaintiff sued for age discrimination claiming she was not hired for a tenure track position due to her age (55 at the time). The Court among other things ruled that discrimination need not be the only factor but rather needed to be a substantial factor motivating the employer in order for the plaintiff to go forward with their case.