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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on February 18, 2009

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. NY — JC Penney settles race discrimination lawsuit with EEOC for $50,000.  “The EEOC had charged that J.C. Penney discriminated against Reinell Singh, an African American who worked as a greeter welcoming customers into Penney’s Staten Island store at the Staten Island Mall […]

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break.

NY — JC Penney settles race discrimination lawsuit with EEOC for $50,000.  “The EEOC had charged that J.C. Penney discriminated against Reinell Singh, an African American who worked as a greeter welcoming customers into Penney’s Staten Island store at the Staten Island Mall on 140 Marsh Avenue. The EEOC’s lawsuit says that Singh’s supervisor referred to her several times using racially offensive names and subsequently fired her for racial reasons.”

IL — Movie production companies settle pregnancy discrimination lawsuit with EEOC for $75,000.  “The EEOC’s suit had charged that movie production companies Crick and Mandate refused to hire a pregnant job applicant, Cynthia Castillo-Hill, for a position as an extras casting assistant after they learned that she was expecting a baby. . .  “The EEOC’s evidence in this case – which included an e-mail from the hiring supervisor – showed that the defendants believed that Castillo-Hill’s pregnancy would prevent her from being able to handle the stress and long hours associated with the job though her own doctor had indicated that the job was appropriate,” explained EEOC Chicago District Office head Jack C. Rowe.”

PA — A car dealership has agreed to pay $244,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the EEOC.  “The EEOC had charged that Murphy Ford sexually harassed three female employees and fired one woman for complaining about the unlawful harassment.  The EEOC said in its lawsuit that the dealership’s service manager sexually harassed Cynthia Bell and other female employees in the service department. The EEOC charged that the service manager’s harassment included sexually explicit comments, references to oral sex and grabbing his private parts in their presence. Despite Bell’s complaints to the owner and dealership management, Murphy Ford did nothing to stop the harassment. Instead, the EEOC said that the dealership retaliated against Bell by suddenly firing her.”

CA — Jury awards $34,000 to firefighters assigned to work gay pride parade.

MO — City of St. Louis settles reverse discrimination case with firefighters.  The case settled after the original jury verdict in favor of the firefighters was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

MO — Jury awards $525,000 to professor in age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Washington University.

WA — Company settles Equal Pay Act lawsuit with EEOC for $20,000.

GA — Trash hauling company settles failure to hire gender discrimination lawsuit brought by EEOC for $475,000.

WI — Georgia-Pacific settles sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuits with EEOC for $75,000.

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