Federal judge rules in favor of firm client and schedules a jury trial for April 2019
On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of firm client Cheryl Campbell, ordering that her case go to trial next month. Campbell, who previously worked as a highly successful business unit leader for CGI Federal and the company’s highest ranking African-American woman, was fired from her job despite compiling an outstanding track record of success, including bringing in annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Campbell also delivered double the profits of her white male peers. Nonetheless, CGI Federal terminated her employment, while retaining worse performing white male colleagues. Campbell filed a lawsuit against CGI Federal claiming that her firing was motivated in part by racial discrimination. CGI Federal filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, asking the judge to end the case before Campbell had a chance to present her claims to the jury, but the judge denied that Motion. The trial is slated to begin at the end of April 2019. Heller Huron partner Rick Salzman is the lead attorney; the firm is co-counseling with Outten & Golden.