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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on November 8, 2010

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. TN – A jury returned a verdict in favor of the city in a retaliation suit brought against a firefighter who alleged he was being targeted for previously bringing a race discrimination suit against the city.  The prior suit resulted in a settlement […]

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

TN – A jury returned a verdict in favor of the city in a retaliation suit brought against a firefighter who alleged he was being targeted for previously bringing a race discrimination suit against the city.  The prior suit resulted in a settlement of $250,000 for the firefighter.

VA – A jury determined that a release signed by a former town employee prevented him from seeking damages in a harassment suit against three co-workers.  The former employee brought an $18.4 million lawsuit against the co-workers and the town after signing the release and receiving severance pay in exchange.  The suit claimed that the release was invalid because it was signed under duress.

MI – A federal jury awarded $8 million to a Consumers Energy employee in a sexual harassment and hostile work environment suit brought against the company.  The suit was originally filed in 2007 and resulted in a jury verdict for the employer, but the judge set aside the verdict and granted a new trial based on the “clear weight of the evidence.”

CA – A judge reduced a $1.5 million punitive damages award to $750,000 in a sexual harassment and retaliation suit brought by a former card dealer against her employer.  The judge stated that the damages amount should be consistent with the damage suffered by the plaintiff.  The judge found that the employee had suffered emotional distress, but not physical injury, and found comparable employment a few months after her termination.

CA – A California appeals court upheld a jury’s award of damages to four San Diego firefighters who sued the city for sexual harassment after being forced to participate in the city’s ‘gay pride’ parade.  The appeals court found that there was substantial evidence to support a finding of severe and pervasive sexual harassment.

CA – A jury awarded $181,549 to a former high school wrestling coach who brought a race discrimination suit against the school district after he was fired from his coaching job.  The jury did not find that he was discriminated against in two other jobs he held with the school district.

GA – A federal judge awarded $1.9 million in attorneys’ fees to the plaintiffs in a race discrimination case against DeKalb County.  The judge found that the county had unnecessarily delayed the case before it got to trial.  The case had been going on for six years.

CA – A jury ruled in favor of El Camino College in a sexual harassment and retaliation case filed against the college by a former dean.  The judge had thrown out most of the claims against the college, including hostile work environment and retaliation claims.  Of the two claims that reached the jury, the jury found for the plaintiff on the breach of contract claim and awarded her $145,000.

NJ — Car dealer settles race discrimination case for $450,000.  The case settled after the first phase of the trial, in which the jury awarded the plaintiff $290,000.

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