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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on February 5, 2010

Our lastest summary of recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break.  But first, links to articles about jury awards in employment cases and EEOC claims statistics: Awards in employment law claims – A study shows that the median jury award for employment law claims was $326,000 in 2008, which is an increase of about 60%.  The […]

Our lastest summary of recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break.  But first, links to articles about jury awards in employment cases and EEOC claims statistics:

Awards in employment law claims – A study shows that the median jury award for employment law claims was $326,000 in 2008, which is an increase of about 60%.  The median settlement amount was reported at $90,000.  The same study reports that retaliation claims were awarded the most money, and age and disability discrimination claims received higher jury awards than sex and race discrimination claims.

Summary of EEOC claims statistics – This article provides statistics on the increase in EEOC charges from 2007 to 2008, as well as the total amount of money collected by the agency as a result of the charges.

MD – In Doyle v. Rite Aid Corp., a Maryland federal district court granted summary judgment for the employer on a disability discrimination claim because the employee had failed to show that she could perform the essential functions of her job as store manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.  The court noted that the employer was not required to hire additional staff to perform the essential functions of the disabled employee’s job.

TN – The University of Tennessee will pay $350,000 to settle a reverse race discrimination suit brought by three former university police officers.

IL – The Chicago Commission on Human Relations found in favor of a former employee who was terminated after she called in sick to care for her daughter.  The Commission awarded her $215,000 in damages plus attorneys’ fees.

FL – A federal jury returned a verdict in favor of the Clermont Police Department and the city in a race discrimination suit brought by a police officer who claimed he was denied a promotion and harassed because of his race.

WI – In St. Jean v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, a federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of the university in a national origin and race discrimination suit brought by a former professor after her contract was not renewed.  The court found that the plaintiff had failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination because she could not show that she was performing her job satisfactorily.

NJ – A jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages and $150,000 in lost wages and emotional distress damages to a former employee who was fired after she complained of sexual harassment by a co-worker.

OH – A jury found in favor of a school district in a harassment and retaliation suit brought by a former bus driver who alleged she was fired because of a previous wrongful termination suit she brought against the district.

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