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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on September 10, 2010

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. D.C. – Andre Chreky, a high-end hairstylist, agreed to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a former employee for $7 million.  Chreky was involved in another sexual harassment suit by another employee which resulted in a $2.3 million verdict against Chreky.  Chreky […]

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

D.C. – Andre Chreky, a high-end hairstylist, agreed to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a former employee for $7 million.  Chreky was involved in another sexual harassment suit by another employee which resulted in a $2.3 million verdict against Chreky.  Chreky is currently involved in bankruptcy proceedings.

AL – In a race discrimination case initiated in 1996, the 11th Circuit affirmed its previous ruling that the term “boy” is not by itself evidence of racial discrimination.  The case had gone through two jury trials that resulted in verdicts of over $1million for the plaintiff, a former employee of Tyson Foods who alleged he was denied a promotion because of his race.  The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the court of appeals’ first decision and stated that although the court may have reached the right result, the meaning behind the term at issue may not always be benign depending on the context, tone of voice, inflection, etc.  Nevertheless, the 11th Circuit reinstated its previous holding that usage of the term was “non-racial in context.”

MA – A jury returned a verdict in favor of the school district in an age discrimination suit brought by a former baseball and football coach.  The long-time coach alleged that he was not rehired because of his age; the school district asserted that his termination was due in part to alleged confrontations between the coach and staffers of a local minor league baseball team.

CA – In a case of strange irony, a former Playboy TV employee was awarded $182,500 in compensatory damages and $10,000 in punitive damages after a jury concluded that she had been sexually harassed by a co-worker.

MI – A federal jury returned a $115,000 award in favor of a group of female tenants who alleged they were sexually harassed by their housing manager.

CA – A jury awarded more than $2 million to a former card dealer who alleged she was sexually harassed by her supervisor and then retaliated against after she reported the conduct.  Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer has a post about the case here, in which he points out that the jury awarded the plaintiff 2/3 of the company’s net worth.

CA – A jury found in favor of a lawyer who was sued by his former paralegal for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.  The jury awarded the lawyer $1.55 million in damages in his defamation counter-suit.

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