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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on July 8, 2008

We have a number of verdicts and settlements after the page break.  The holiday weekend gave us a chance to accumulate a few extras this time! CA — Here is a video clip from the Today show on a reverse-discrimination sexual harassment case filed by a man against Vons supermarkets in California.  The case resulted […]

We have a number of verdicts and settlements after the page break.  The holiday weekend gave us a chance to accumulate a few extras this time!

CA — Here is a video clip from the Today show on a reverse-discrimination sexual harassment case filed by a man against Vons supermarkets in California.  The case resulted in an $18 million verdict, which the company is contesting on appeal.

MA — Assistant U.S. Marshall in Boston awarded $150,000 for alleged retaliation after she filed gender discrimination complaint against head of the Marshall service in Massachusetts.

IN — Jury clears Merrillville, Indiana, Post-Tribune in failure to promote race discrimination case.  Another story here.

MI — Three former University of Southern Mississippi soccer coaches awarded approximately $1.2 million in sexual harassment and sex discrimination lawsuit against USM and several University officials.

NY — U.S. Department of Labor obtains court approval for settlement providing for restoration of $2.2 million into Delphia Corp. retirement plan.

OH — Worker wins $46.7 million award in lawsuit against waste collection company after he was terminated for refusing to fire three older workers.  It is reportedly the largest award in Ohio history.  Additional coverage here and here.

CA — Silicon Valley company to pay $168,000 in settlement with EEOC of racial harassment lawsuit.  The case involved allegations that an Asian co-worker was “rapping” music that included racially offensive lyrics such as the N-word in the presence of the plaintiff, an African American.  The employer allegedly failed to take any remedial action for a year despite the plaintiff’s complaints.

Bonus news:

VA — $12 million negligent hiring lawsuit filed in Wythe County, Virginia, involving alleged sexual assault by transportation driver.

UPDATE:

CO — $1.4 million verdict for whistleblower fired while driving to the hospital to see her sister, who was dying in the intensive care unit.  (H/t to Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer.)

MN — Wal-Mart loses $6.5 million wage-and-hour class action in Minnesota.  The company faces exposure up to $2 billion in the upcoming penalty phase of the case under Minnesota state law.

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