Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements
Published by Eric A. Welter on December 17, 2008
Our report on recent jury verdicts and settlements is after the break. The holidays put us a little behind on this, so there are lots of stories this week! NY — Father of ex-governor Elliott Spitzer loses $1.3 million employment discrimination suit brought by African American workers. MN — Wal-Mart to pay $54.25 million to […]
Our report on recent jury verdicts and settlements is after the break. The holidays put us a little behind on this, so there are lots of stories this week!
NY — Father of ex-governor Elliott Spitzer loses $1.3 million employment discrimination suit brought by African American workers.
MN — Wal-Mart to pay $54.25 million to settle wage and hour class action in Minnesota. The lawsuit alleged that the company cut workers’ break time and allowed employees to work off the clock in Minnesota. The class included about 100,000 current and former hourly workers who were employed at Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs in Minnesota from Sept. 11, 1998, through Nov. 14, 2008. Court proceedings had been scheduled for next month to determine punitive damages based on a judge’s earlier ruling against the company.
CA — Former Fresno County District Attorney investigator wins $350,000 in retaliation suit against Fresno County, but loses gender discrimination claim. The plaintiff claimed that she had been passed over for promotion 4 times in her 30 year career because she was a woman, and that county employees retaliated against her after she complained.
NC — Founder of Smithfield Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q chain settles sexual harassment case with former butler for just under $450,000. The plaintiff’s lawyers would get paid an additional $375,000, according to court documents. The case settled after a jury returned a $1.15 million verdict.
WVa — Man wins $1.8 million in age discrimination lawsuit. $1.5 million of the award is for punitive damages. The 62 year old plaintiff was fired and replaced by a 34 year old. Another article is here.
OH — Former police chief wins over $2 million in retaliation lawsuit. The African American plaintiff had complained that he believed the firing of two Caucasian officers by the African American mayor was discriminatory. After the complaint, the mayor allegedly began retaliating against the chief. The evidence at trial included a “glowing” performance review of the chief by the mayor shortly before the complaints.
NY — Three retired female police detectives win $1 million in gender discrimination lawsuit against Nassau County. The story details the various claims that went to the jury and the underlying evidence of harassment.
CA — The Los Angeles City Council awarded $2.25 million to a police officer who said she was discriminated against and sexually harassed by her male colleagues and supervisors, and then retaliated against when she complained. The article recounts the alleged harassment.
VA — Applicant for principal position at Brunswick County High School wins $200,000 in reverse discrimination lawsuit in federal court in Richmond. She contended that a less qualified African American was placed in the position.
MA — 888 Consulting Group Inc., a Dedham, Mass., temporary employee placement company doing business as TAC Worldwide, has agreed to pay 973 employees across the country a total of $1,866,943 in overtime back wages to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
CA — Jury upholds use of English-only job skills assessment at plant in Fresno. Former employees who were fired because they could not pass the sixth-grade level skills test after three tries sued claiming the test was discriminatory. The jury disagreed. The plaintiffs had turned down a $1 million settlement offer before trial.
CA — Gay/HIV-positive plaintiff awarded $400,000 for harassment at Costco.
MD — Court of Appeals awards new trial to plaintiff in negligent hiring and retaliatory discharge lawsuit. On Dec. 7, 2006, the Montgomery County Circuit Court had dismissed the negligent-hiring claim as barred by the Workers’ Compensation Act. A jury ruled for the company on the other claims on May 22, 2007.
WA — County wins wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit brought by employee caught with over 100 hours of tape recordings of people at work.
OH — Toledo worker wins $300,000 in harassment lawsuit against union. Another story is here. The lawsuit claimed that the union had failed to protect the plaintiff from sexual harassment at the Toledo Jeep plant.
MI — Furniture company wins age discrimination lawsuit.Topics: Jury Verdicts