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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on June 28, 2010

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. CO – A federal appeals court upheld a $33,758 judgment against the city of Cordell in a sex discrimination suit brought by a woman who alleged she was discriminated against when she was not rehired as an animal control officer after being laid-off. […]

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

CO – A federal appeals court upheld a $33,758 judgment against the city of Cordell in a sex discrimination suit brought by a woman who alleged she was discriminated against when she was not rehired as an animal control officer after being laid-off.

NY – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment for the employer in a race discrimination and retaliation brought by a former employee who alleged she was discriminated against with respect to training and performance evaluations.  The court found that the plaintiff had failed to provide sufficient evidence of discrimination.  In addition, the court held that the company’s alleged failure to investigate a discrimination complaint did not constitute an “adverse employment action” for purposes of a retaliation claim based on the filing of the same discrimination complaint. 

RI – A state court judge overturned a jury verdict that found in favor of a man who claimed he was not hired for two teaching jobs because of his age.

PR – The First Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a jury verdict that found in favor of a Postal Service employee who alleged sex discrimination and retaliation.  The court held that temporary rotation of an employee’s job duties, selective enforcement of a break policy, and alteration of rest days in a job posting were not “adverse employment actions” for purposes of a discrimination or retaliation claim.

TX – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s grant of summary judgment for Southwest Airlines in a disability discrimination case, holding that a reasonable jury could have concluded that the plaintiff was an individual with a disability under the ADA, that he was qualified for the position, and that he was terminated because of his disability. 

CA – A jury awarded a police officer $2 million in a retaliation suit against the city that alleged that the officer was retaliated against after he filed a complaint against his supervisor.

TX – A jury awarded a physician $3.6 million in a race and religious discrimination suit that he brought against the hospital alleging that he was subject to discriminatory comments by another physician.

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