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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on June 19, 2008

Today’s update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the page break. NJ — Jury awards $10 million in punitive damages in age discrimination case against Avaya.  The jury also awarded $743,000 in compensatory damages.  The plaintiff alleged that his termination was part of a purge of older workers in his department. MA — Ex-police […]

Today’s update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the page break.

NJ — Jury awards $10 million in punitive damages in age discrimination case against Avaya.  The jury also awarded $743,000 in compensatory damages.  The plaintiff alleged that his termination was part of a purge of older workers in his department.

MA — Ex-police chief awarded $770,000 in wrongful discharge lawsuit.  The plaintiff alleged that he had been terminated because of his service with the National Guard.

NE — Here is a story about a verdict in favor of the employer.  The case was a wrongful termination lawsuit involving a teacher.

MD — Wal-Mart agrees to pay $250,000 in disability bias lawsuit brought by EEOC.  The EEOC had charged that Wal-Mart failed to accommodate and then fired a long-time pharmacy technician who suffered a disability resulting from a gunshot wound.

IA — For those interested in Iowa, this is an interesting opinion piece on a case before the Davenport Civil Rights Commission that was recently argued before the Iowa Supreme Court.  Apparently the Administrative Law Judge had ruled in favor of the employer, but was overturned on appeal by the DCRC.  For those not interested in Iowa, the case provides an illustration of the many procedural issues that can come up when litigating discrimination claims before state agencies.  Each state has different procedural and substantive rules for those types of claims.

NJ — Gay couple wins $2.84 million in lawsuit against New Jersey city.  More coverage here.  The city may also have to pay $2 million in legal costs incurred by the plaintiffs.  They alleged harassment by the neighboring fire station.

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