Overview: For Final Project Part I of this course, you will create a memorandum. In Milestone One, submit your Memo Introduction, Facts and Laws, Precedent,
and Facts to be Determined sections (Sections I, IIA and IIB, and IIC) of the memorandum.
Prompt: In the Memo Introduction section, articulate what you feel are the strengths of your company’s legal claim or defense. In the Facts and Laws section,
analyze the facts related to employment discrimination or unlawful termination based on your company’s perspective. In the Precedent section, select cases that
support your company’s position in terms of employment discrimination or unlawful termination. Justify why they support its case. In the Facts to be Determined
section, determine any facts that will help you better analyze your company’s position. Make sure to incorporate the feedback you receive on this assignment
into your final submission.
You are an intern at the legal department at one of the companies in the following scenario (Greene or Howell) and tasked with compiling a memo for your
supervisor, which will be used to formulate an official executive brief of these lawsuits.
Mary Jane and Allen Greene, a married couple, own a high-end costume jewelry manufacturing and distribution company called Greene's Jewelry Wholesale,
LLC. The principal place of business for Greene's Jewelry is in Derry, New Hampshire, where it owns a warehouse and two storefronts.
Originally started in 1957, the company expanded over five decades, and it now employs 502 individuals in a variety of departments, including sales and
marketing, research and development, human resources, and manufacturing.
The primary asset of Greene's Jewelry is its patented process for creating a synthetic gold-colored material called "Ever-Gold," which is used in Greene's
necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Ever-Gold is impervious to scratches, discoloration, oxidization, and is marketed as "everlasting gold."
Jennifer Lawson, who has been employed for three years as a junior executive secretary in the research and development department at Greene's Jewelry, has
just learned that she is pregnant. She has earned high marks on each of her annual reviews with the company, with the exception of the fact that she routinely
shows up 15 to 30 minutes late for work. Otherwise, she is deemed to be professional, articulate, diligent, and skilled in her role with the company. When Lawson
advises the head of human resources, Lisa Peele, that she may have to take additional time off as a result of some high-risk factors that she will face during the
course of her pregnancy, she is told that her position has been eliminated. The specific words are: "Congratulations Jennifer! That is exciting news for you. We do
not need to worry about time off, though, because, regrettably, I was just going to let you know that we are downsizing and no longer have a need for any of our
junior executive secretaries."
Jennifer is distraught, and immediately returns to her desk to clear it out as instructed. She removes all of her personal items, as well as the projects she was
working on prior to her discussion with Lisa Peele. When she returns to her home, she realizes that she has inadvertently taken a draft letter to Greene's patent
attorney, which details the secret process for creating Ever-Gold.