Monthly Archives: August 2023

Iowa Supreme Court Limits Individual Liability in Iowa Civil Rights Claim

August 10, 2023

Davina Valdez, a teacher’s associate at the West Des Moines Community Schools, brought suit against the school district and one of its teachers, Desira Johnson, alleging Johnson engaged in racial discrimination which led Valdez to resign. Valdez argued Johnson should be subject to individual liability for creating a hostile working environment under the Iowa Civil […]

Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Proposed Expansion of Aided-by-Agency Theory

The “aided-by-agency theory” is an exception to the usual rule that an employer may be vicariously liable only when an employee’s tort occurs within the scope of employment. Moreover, an employer may be vicariously liable for an employee’s tortious conduct if the employee “was aided in accomplishing the tort by the existence of the agency […]

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Exclusivity Provision of Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act

Jena McCoy worked three months at the Thomas L. Cardella & Associates call center in Ottumwa before resigning after ongoing sexual advances from a team leader. She later sued Cardella, asserting a claim for common law negligent supervision or retention. Cardella’s pretrial legal challenges included that the common law claim was preempted by the Iowa […]

Emily Chafa named 2023 Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award Recipient

Emily Chafa was named as the recipient of the 2023 Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award honoring her lifelong dedication to increasing access to legal services.   Rolland Grefe, along with Ross Sidney, founded Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. over 50 years ago. The Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award was established in recognition […]