Mary Anne Sedey
Mary Anne Sedey
Mary Anne’s notable cases include two which she worked on with Donna Harper, who was then at the EEOC:
- the class action sex discrimination case against Rent-A-Center, in which they obtained a $47 million settlement and hundreds of new jobs for women.
- the race and retaliation claim against the Adam’s Mark Hotel where the jury awarded nearly $5 million to two employees, a verdict which remains the largest ever in an employment case in St. Louis.
Mary Anne received a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Forrester v. White where she established that judges can be sued like other employers for discrimination against court employees.
Recently she led the trial team in Katz v. Anheuser-Busch, a three-week trial televised in its entirety from the St. Louis City Circuit Court, advocating that the beer company’s top female executive was underpaid by millions of dollars a year during her tenure on the company’s Strategy Committee.
Results in recent cases include the following settlements and judgments obtained for her clients:
- $350,000 settlement for a woman employee sexually harassed by a top company executive
- $1,100,000 severance for a corporate whistle-blower forced out of his job
- Nearly $3,000,000 for a terminated corporate whistle-blower
- $400,000 verdict for women firefighters at the Monarch Fire Protection District
- $417,000 verdict for a bank employee whistleblower in Ozark County, Missouri
- $337,000 verdict for an Arab-American in hostile work environment claim
- negotiated the return to work of a disabled employee of a major St. Louis company, with the reasonable accommodations she needed to do her job
Awards & Activities
- Admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers as a Fellow, 2016
- Recognized in Super Lawyers for Employment Law—Individuals, 2005 – present
- Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law—Individuals, 1993 – present
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Fellow, 1996 – present
- Theodore McMillian Inns of Court Executive Committee, 2010 – present
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women of the Year, 2005
- National Employment Lawyers Association National President, 1995 – 1998
- SLU’s Clarence Darrow Public Interest Advocate Award, 1996
- Member: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, National Employment Lawyers Association – St. Louis Chapter, and Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 1975
- Supreme Court of the United States
- State of Missouri
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
- United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit