Lauren Shurman

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Lauren Shurman is an associate in the Litigation group. She focuses her practice on general commercial litigation, including intellectual property and employment litigation. Lauren has litigated complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration, and has represented clients in administrative proceedings before the Utah Labor Commission, the Utah Public Service Commission, the Utah State Tax Commission and the Utah State Board of Education. She has also represented condemning authorities in numerous condemnation actions and disputes involving power lines and electrical utility substations.

Before joining Stoel Rives as an attorney, Lauren was a summer associate in the Salt Lake City office (2004, 2005).

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Fifth Circuit Sides With EEOC In Finding Lactation Discrimination Constitutes Title VII Violation

Last year, we posted about a decision from the Southern District of Texas in which the court ruled that firing a woman because she was lactating or breast-pumping did not amount to sex discrimination under Title VII or the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed the district court’s decision.  … Continue Reading

Proposed Utah Bill To Prohibit Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) is sponsoring a bill that would amend Utah’s employment and housing antidiscrimination statutes to address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Urquhart introduced Senate Bill 262 to the Utah Senate Rules Committee on March 1, 2013. Currently, several municipalities in Utah have ordinances prohibiting employment or … Continue Reading

Are Remedies Available to Working Moms Who Experience “Lactation Discrimination”?

For many new moms returning to work after the birth of a child, pumping breast-milk is considered to be a necessary evil.  Necessary because pumping ensures that these mothers’ babies can continue to experience the many benefits of breast-milk, and helps the mothers to maintain their milk supplies, relieves painful engorgement, and prevents potentially serious … Continue Reading