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Recent Jury Verdicts And Settlements

Published by on August 5, 2008

It has been a couple of weeks since we reported on jury verdicts and settlements, so there are a number of them to report. CT — The Connecticut Employment Law Blog has a post on a $4 million retaliation jury verdict here and follow-up with a copy of the verdict form and jury instructions here. The […]

It has been a couple of weeks since we reported on jury verdicts and settlements, so there are a number of them to report.

CT — The Connecticut Employment Law Blog has a post on a $4 million retaliation jury verdict here and follow-up with a copy of the verdict form and jury instructions here.

The Washington Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Blog has a recent review of jury verdicts in employment cases here.

OR — The EEOC announced the settlement of two harassment and retaliation cases with an electronics retailer for $630,000.  According to the press release, two employees “faced repeated slurs and jokes about their race, national origin, and religion. The abuse included use of the “N-word” by management; the telling of racially offensive “jokes”; use of the epithet “beaner”; and a doll with its hair and face painted black that was hog-tied and hung by a nail in the break room.  The EEOC also alleged that the company retaliated against Gonzales and Lewis after they reported the harass­ment by, among other things, hiring a private investigator to gather information in an effort to discredit their harassment claims. Company officials also confronted co-workers who supported the complain­ants by telling them they were hurting the company and trying to get them to quit, the EEOC charged.”

MO — Arab American wins $337,000 in hostile work environment harassment case against state agency.  He alleged workplace harassment after 9/11 and that his employer failed to respond to complaints about the harassment.

FL — Employee loses failure to promote discrimination jury trial but wins back pay for wrongful termination in separate arbutration proceeding against state agency.

PA — The Law.com headline reads “Brokers Employment Suit Backfires; Defendant Awarded $1.6 Million.”

NY — Former tunnel worker awarded $735,000.  According to The New York Times, “[a] federal jury has awarded more than $700,000 to a former Queens-Midtown Tunnel employee who said his bosses denied him a promotion and penalized him for taking sick days because he was Jewish, according to lawyers for the employee.  The jury, in United States District Court in Manhattan, decided on Monday that the former employee, Gregory Fishman, should get $235,000 for emotional pain and $500,000 in punitive damages. Mr. Fishman, 45, is also seeking more than $1 million in lost pay, but whether he receives anything will be up to the judge in the case, Lawrence M. McKenna, to decide.”

TX —  According to the press release, “[a] Dallas County jury awarded $411,339 to an AT&T call center employee this week after finding that race was a motivating factor in the company’s repeated failure to promote her. Additionally, the jury agreed that AT&T had created a hostile work environment and retaliated against her when she complained.”

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