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"Tom Newkirk and his firm are experts on the state of college athletics and the type of bias that coaches and especially female coaches deal with on daily bases. Tom not only successfully helped me resolve my dispute with Rutgers University but also made a historical landmark in having my reput...

Petra Martin

Swimming Coach

"I was represented by both Jill Zwagerman, Lori Bullock, and Newkirk Zwagerman Law Firm better than I could have ever imagined. Over two years they prepared me to the fullest degree. They truly cared about my needs and opinions. My doubts, nerves, and emotions were always reassured. They never...

Stephanie Tranmer

"I was introduced to Tom Newkirk through a mutual friend when I was going to a difficult time in my career. Tom's understanding of the obstacles we face in collegiate athletics as female coaches is unparalleled. It was eye opening to discuss my situation with him. It gave me important...

Tina Samara

Tennis Coach

"I reported what looked like criminal activity to my supervisor.  Months later, my job was eliminated.  I didn't know where to turn or who to talk to, because I knew I did the right thing.  Jill Zwagerman was recommended by a friend who is also an attorney.  I knew ...

Terry Welker

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Public pays growing tab for state harassment deals

February 9, 2019

"At a time when agencies are competing for Iowa’s limited budget to pay for schools, roads, mental health services and other needs, leaders say it’s hard to see public money going to settle legal cases against state employees who misbehave on the job."

Read more about the debate over taxpayers picking up the tab for discrimination and harassment settlements. 

WTCA: Leaning In - The Risks and Challenges For Women Speakers and Mentors

February 8, 2019

While there are many cases of gender bias throughout the tennis industry, one of the most common problems occurs at conferences across the globe. Despite the progress women in the sport have made over the last few decades, tennis conference speaker lineups continuously feature a highly disproportionate male-to-female ratio. The...

Court says Eastern Michigan violated Title IX in cutting women's tennis, softball teams

September 27, 2018

Title IX win for women's college athletics and Newkirk Zwagerman. A federal judge ruled that EMU is required to reinstate their softball and women's tennis teams. The order makes clear that the school wanting to save money is not a defense to Title IX violations stating, "Reinstatement is the least...
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Jill Zwagerman

“When people discriminate, harass, and retaliate against you, they can make you feel like you are imagining things and that you are the problem.

You are not alone, you are not crazy, and you certainly are not the problem.

At Newkirk Zwagerman we do everything in our power to achieve the best resolution for you. Sometimes that means working it out with the employer and making changes to the workplace, and sometimes that means going to trial. I help clients obtain all sort of positive resolutions, including $11.8 million jury verdict in a sexual harassment case and $6.5 million in a public settlement for equal pay, gender and sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation. 

Whether your case is worth $1,000,000 or $1, we work with you to get you the best resolution for you.”

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Tom Newkirk

“After seeing discrimination claims for 30 years I recognized part of the problem was a lack of understanding and the need for education on how bias works and how bias creates harm.  To address this, I donate a good portion of my time to educating employees and other large organizations on the risks of implicit bias and work to design methods to reduce the negative impact of implicit bias on equal access to criminal and civil justice, employment, athletics, education and medical care.  At Newkirk Zwagerman we are committed to solving both sides of equation – holding employers accountable through aggressive litigation, but also showing them and our clients that in the search for true equality, there may be a better way forward.”

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