DC Circ. Says Cushman & Wakefield CEO Can't Duck Bias Suit

Law360 (June 30, 2020, 1:22 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday revived a Black, female Cushman & Wakefield executive's claims the firm's U.S. business chief fired her because of her race and sex, saying he can't hide behind a federal doctrine limiting suits against employees in places they don't live.

The "fiduciary shield doctrine" does not block ex-U.S. valuation group head Nicole Urquhart-Bradley's claims against Americas CEO Shawn Mobley under U.S. Supreme Court precedent saying the Constitution allows courts to hear suits against workers living in other jurisdictions, a three-judge panel said.

"Following the Supreme Court's lead, we hold that, when evaluating under the due process clause...

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