The law firm of Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong, P.C. was founded in 1975. Initially set up as a general law/family law practice, our firm took on our first employee benefits class action suit in 1978 in what came to be known as Scannell v. City of Seattle. The case represented 17 employees whose on-call status (despite many years of service) was used to deny them vacation, sick leave, retirement and other benefits. The case lasted 11 years, and having been denied by lower courts, was finally affirmed and settled by a Washington State Supreme Court ruling.
Publicity about the Scannell v City of Seattle case caught the attention of several temporary workers at Microsoft, who approached our firm about the practice of hiring employees through a third party, thereby denying them health insurance and other benefits such as discounted stock purchase plans. The so-called "Microsoft Permatemps" case brought Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong, P.C. to national prominence when the case was first filed in 1993. That case ultimately went to the (federal) Supreme Court, and was settled in 2000. After several additional delays, 7800 members of the class received their distributions in September of 2005.
Subsequent cases have successfully been brought against the City of Seattle, the University of Washington, King County, and Washington State. You can read about the individual cases in the pages of our website.
Our law firm has been nationally recognized by Lawyers Weekly USA who named our founders Lawyers of the Year for 1997. We were also given the Public Justice Award in 2000 by the Washington State Trial Lawyers. The National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA") recognized our pro bono contribution towards passage of the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act of 2005, which is legislation affecting, among other things, the handling of taxes on class action monetary distributions. We have also received the Local Hero Award from the Washington State Bar Association for helping to secure passage of provisions that allow clients to take tax deductions for "...attorneys' fees and costs associated with employment discrimination, civil rights, and other aspects of cases involving employment relations."
We are committed to bringing relief to our clients through the wise and proper use of class action lawsuits. We invite you to speak with one of our attorneys about your situation; we have the expertise and experience to guide you towards the best course of action.
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