This information, via the attorneys' website, of Bendich, Stobaugh, and Strong, explains the successful lawsuit brought against the State of Washington by faculty who are called "part-time," and whose work hours were "mischaracterized."
Mader v. State of Washington, et al., No. 98-2-30850-8 SEA (King County Superior Court
Class action on behalf of part-time community college instructors who worked half-time or more, but who were denied retirement benefits because their work hours were mischaracterized to give the appearance of working below half-time. Settled in 2002 for $12 million.
News articles re Mader v. State:
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer Story: Agencies knew about part-time faculty inequities 11/9/99
- Puget Sound Business Journal: Judge approves $12 million for part-time profs
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Part-time instructors win on retirement benefits.