The state Supreme Court is the latest to weigh in, upholding Nichole Jefferson’s Board of Mediation and Arbitration award that reinstates her as chief executive at the Commission on Equal Opportunities, with back wages and benefits from August 2017. But where the case might go from here remains a question as the city seeks a comparable position and Jefferson’s legal team considers her next move. Elicker said he estimates Jefferson’s back wages at around $300,000. This does not include calculations of lost benefits such as health care costs and pension contributions. The litigation before the Supreme Court then continued until the court’s ruling favorable to Jefferson on March 4.