Laurie Jaeckel is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. Her practice focuses on employment discrimination and civil rights litigation. Laurie has an extensive background advocating for the rights of individuals in complex civil rights cases.
Before coming to Rathod Mohamedbhai, Laurie worked as a trial attorney for five years at the Denver Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she was promoted to Senior Trial Attorney and Acting Supervisory Attorney. Laurie was lead counsel on multiple systemic and large class cases alleging sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, and age discrimination under federal law. This included EEOC v. Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-00863 (D.N.M.), a case in which Laurie represented over 25 women who were discriminated against because of their pregnancies and related medical conditions. The case settled for $950,000 in 2017.
Laurie was also lead counsel on a class sexual harassment case, EEOC v. Chili’s Grill & Bar, No. 1:19-cv-00970 (D. Colo.), a class disability discrimination case, EEOC v. JBS Carriers, Civ. No. 1:18-cv-02498 (D. Colo.), and a class age discrimination case, EEOC v. RCH Colorado, Civ. No. 1:15-cv-02170 (D. Colo.). She has been active in promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community, including her work litigating and settling EEOC v. A&E Tire, Co., Civ. No. 1:17-cv-02362 (D. Colo.), the EEOC’s first federal lawsuit on behalf of a transgender applicant in Colorado.
While at the EEOC, Laurie gained significant trial experience and was a member of the trial team for a three-week jury trial in EEOC v. JetStream Ground Services, Civ. No. 1:13-cv-02340 (D. Colo.), a failure-to-hire religious discrimination and accommodation case, and a one-month bench trial in EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC, Civ. No. 1:10-cv-02103 (D. Colo.), a case involving hundreds of Muslim victims who were denied religious accommodation and suspended or terminated because of their accommodation requests. The JBS case resulted in a $5.5 million settlement in 2021.
Early in her legal career, Laurie clerked for the Honorable Carlos Lucero on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. After her clerkship, Laurie spent five years in private practice at a boutique litigation firm, where she helped secure a $390 million jury verdict against a large national bank in a breach of fiduciary duty case. Laurie is also experienced in appellate practice and has an extensive knowledge of open records laws based on her work as the open records specialist at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
Laurie went to law school at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was valedictorian of her class. She was an Articles Editor for the University of Denver Law Review and received the Clinical Practice Award for her work representing underprivileged individuals in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Before law school, Laurie worked for two years as a housing counselor at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, where she provided rental assistance to low-income individuals and helped pass legislation on behalf of Colorado tenants.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado, J.D., 2009
- Valedictorian; Order of St. Ives
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, B.A., History and American Studies, 2003
- Valedictorian; Summa Cum Laude
- EEOC v. Brinker Rest. Corp. d/b/a Chili’s Grill & Bar & Brinker Int’l Payroll Co., L.P., Civ. No. 1:19-cv-00970 (D. Colo.) (class-based sexual harassment) – $150,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. Carefree of Colo., Civ. No. 1:19-cv-02530 (D. Colo.) (disability discrimination and retaliation) – $100,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. JBS Carriers, Civ. No. 1:18-cv-02498 (D. Colo.) (class-based disability discrimination) – $250,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC et al. v. A&E Tire, Co., Civ. No. 1:17-cv-02362 (D. Colo.) (transgender sex discrimination) – $60,00 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. Montrose Mem’l Hosp., Civ. No. 1:16-cv-02277 (D. Colo.) (class-based age discrimination) – $400,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-00863 (D.N.M.) (class-based pregnancy and disability discrimination) – $950,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. RCH Colo., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-02170 (D. Colo.) (class-based age discrimination) – $250,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC v. Beverage Distribs. Co., LLC, Civ. No. 11-cv-02557 (D. Colo.) (disability discrimination) – $160,000 settlement with a consent decree.
- EEOC et al. v. JBS USA, LLC, d/b/a JBS Swift & Co., Civ. No. 1:10-cv-02103 (D. Colo) (class-based religious, race, and national origin discrimination including discharge, failure to accommodate, harassment, and retaliation) – $5.5 million settlement with a consent decree.
- Clinical Practice Award
- Faculty Prize for Highest GPA
- Chancellor’s Scholar
- Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Award
- Fulbright Scholar, Cape Town, South Africa
- Cunningham v. California: The Shifting Balance of Judge and Jury, 85 DENV. U. L. R. 153 (2007)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Colorado Bar Association
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado Labor Trafficking Task Force (2018-2019)
SELECT ACADEMIC LECTURING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Open Meetings and Open Records, Colorado Public School Fund Investment Board (February 2021)
- Legal Update, Denver EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar (July 2019)
- Employee Housing in Colorado – Visitor Access and Occupancy Rights, Colorado Labor Trafficking Task Force and Colorado Human Trafficking Council (June and August 2019)
- Hostile Work Environment Claims, Colorado Labor Trafficking Task Force (May 2019)
- Broader Perspectives on #MeToo – Thoughts on Hostile Work Environments from Inside and Outside the EEOC, Employment Law Conference, Colorado Bar Association (September 2018)
- Legal Update, Denver EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar (August 2018)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals