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Imad Abdullah

Profile

Imad Abdullah is a shareholder in the firm's Memphis office. Mr. Abdullah concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. He works with clients on all aspects of employment litigation under the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act. Mr. Abdullah also counsels clients on state and federal compliance issues. His practice includes investigations of claims involving discrimination and/or harassment under Title VII, the Tennessee Human Rights Act or the ADEA, and the drafting of clients' responses to subpoenas, attorney demand letters, and state and federal agencies such as the THRC or the EEOC. He provides regular advice to in-house counsel, human resources managers, and various other clients regarding employment issues such as leaves (under the ADA, FMLA), terminations, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and wage and hour issues under the FLSA.

Experience

Experience: 
  • Successfully defended a municipal utility in a disability and age discrimination before the Western District of Tennessee Western Division. The plaintiff, who suffered from a moderate to severe speech impediment alleged the impediment was a disability and filed suit under the ADA and alleged a hostile work environment and that he was discriminatorily denied promotion because of his speech and age.
  • Successfully defended a chemical company before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals following an award of summary judgment. The plaintiff claimed race discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress under Title VII and the Tennessee Human Rights Act.
  • Successfully defended a municipal utility before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a Title VII race discrimination action. The major issue decided by the Circuit Court on appeal was whether the Plaintiff asserted a single motive versus mixed-motive theory. The district court's ruling and analysis was upheld by the Circuit Court.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a staffing agency sued by the EEOC in a class action for race discrimination (disparate impact theory) for using prior criminal convictions as basis for rejecting applicants. The case resulted in $750,000 judgment against the EEOC and in favor of the client as the prevailing party. This matter is on appeal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of international chemical testing company in a Title VII and Tennessee Human Rights Act lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The Plaintiff claimed he was discriminated against on the basis of his race, sex, suffered under a hostile work environment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and was terminated in retaliation for engaging in protected activity.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a security company in a Title VII action filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff filed five separate charges of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the EEOC alleging that he was denied the opportunity to apply for numerous management positions, was transferred from two assignments and terminated because of his race in violation of state and federal law.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a staffing agency sued by the EEOC for race discrimination (disparate impact theory) against a class of African Americans with prior criminal convictions.
  • Successfully argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals representing a municipal client in upholding the termination of a municipal employee for violation of City work rules.
  • Argued and obtained summary judgment in favor of retail business on breach of lease contract claim involving over $200,000 in real estate taxes.
  • First chair bench trial in defense of insurance company on bad faith claim.
  • Second chair jury verdict in favor of internal medicine physician in wrongful death action alleging negligence in failing to aggressively treat a decubitus ulcer allegedly causing death by septic shock.
  • Successfully argued summary judgment before the United State District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of a lending institution in a transport leasing and finance dispute.

Education and Honors

Education: 

J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2005
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 2002

Honors and Awards: 
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars in Employment & Labor (2013)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • The National Bar Association (President - Ben F. Jones Chapter)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) (Legislative/Government Relations Chair)
  • Memphis Bar Association (Secretary - Labor & Employment Section)
  • Pleasant View School, Board Member (2008-2010)

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