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Tue., Aug. 25, 2009, 11:38 a.m.

Pam Lowe’s lawyers

The law firm representing fired ITD Director Pam Lowe in her wrongful termination claim against the state, Strindberg & Scholnick LLC, specializes in employment law, and is the firm that last year won a $4.2 million settlement on behalf of more than 300 employees of a major Utah defense contractor, EG&G, over unpaid overtime. Also in 2008, the firm won a racial harassment case against Union Pacific Railroad on behalf of an African-American employee who was subjected to racial slurs, a white manager who called him "boy," repeated racist graffiti and, the final straw, a hangman's noose suspended from a clock in the workplace. The company argued that various different employees, not the company, were responsible for the harassment; the company lost.

The Utah-based law firm has had its Boise office for just over a year; its Web site is sprinkled with quotations from Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa. "We do all employment-related cases," said attorney Erika Birch, "and mostly for plaintiffs, which most times are employees who have been terminated or discriminated against or harassed."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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