Civil Rights & Liberties

M&S attorneys work to protect and defend civil rights and civil liberties. When those rights are violated, we are here to champion justice.

M&S gets results. Our firm’s co-founder Cyrus Mehri has served as lead and co-lead counsel on some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history, including Roberts v. Texaco Inc., which resulted in a $176 million award for Black employees, and Ingram v. The Coca-Cola Company, which resulted in a $192 million settlement for Black employees. In these cases and others, we have used the law to change companies’ policies and alleviate systemic discrimination. Read more about our efforts to end employment discrimination here.

We believe that the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice. One of Mehri & Skalet’s attorneys is retired U.S. District Court Judge and well-respected civil rights attorney U.W. Clemon (Chief Judge N.D. Alabama). Appointed in 1980, he was the first Black federal judge in the state of Alabama. Before his judicial appointment, Judge Clemon’s work in Alabama resulted in the desegregation of the University of Alabama’s football team, and helped advance racial justice in throughout state. He was the first African American elected to the Alabama State Senate since Reconstruction and served respectively as chairman of the Rules and Judiciary Committees. Judge Clemon continues the fight to desegregate schools in the South representing Black families who are standing up against resegregation in their communities and working closely with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Read about his decades-long commitment to the Jefferson County, Alabama community in the New York Times.

Freedom from sex discrimination is a civil right. Our work to support women in the workplace and ensure they receive equitable treatment reaches back decades before the #MeToo movement, and includes efforts to defend against pregnancy discrimination, discriminatory pay practices, and the glass ceiling. The “Women on Wall Street” project, aimed at supporting women employed by financial institutions and remedying gender-based discrimination within these institutions, has achieved settlements with Morgan Stanley & Co. ($47 million), Smith Barney ($33 million) and Wells Fargo/Wachovia ($32 million), exceeding $114 million in total, along with transforming the opportunities available to women on Wall Street. Learn more about our efforts to end sex discrimination here.

We are watchdogs. To protect civil rights, we opposed the Trump Administration’s discriminatory travel ban by filing a lawsuit along with the Pars Equality Center on behalf of a class of Iranian-American organizations and individuals. To protect civil liberties, we filed a lawsuit in 2018 on behalf of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley disputing the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional decision to withhold substantial portions of Brett Kavanaugh’s record from the public.

Anti-Discrimination Cases

  • Correctional Officers – Sexual Harassment
  • Cook County Jail – Race Discrimination
  • Fire Department of New York – Race Discrimination
  • Lockheed – Race Discrimination
  • Kroger – Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Texaco, Inc. – Race Discrimination
  • Walmart – Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Women on Wall Street