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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on July 22, 2011

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. VA – An Alexandria jury awarded a former female firefighter $250,000 in a sexual harassment suit against the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department alleging that the department “failed to take effective action” to stop harassment from her male supervisor.  VA – Another […]

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

VA – An Alexandria jury awarded a former female firefighter $250,000 in a sexual harassment suit against the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department alleging that the department “failed to take effective action” to stop harassment from her male supervisor. 

VA – Another suit by a female firefighter against the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department alleging sexual harassment by the same male supervisor was dismissed on the county’s motion for summary judgment.

MD – A federal jury found in favor of the city of Hagerstown in a sexual harassment and discrimination suit brought by a female police academy recruit who alleged she was subject to a hostile work environment during her training.

CA – A jury found that a local union official had engaged in harassing conduct against a female employee of the union but the plaintiff was barred from recovering any damages because the statute of limitations had lapsed.  A mistrial was declared as to whether the union was liable after the jury failed to reach a verdict on that issue.

IL – A federal jury awarded $95 million to a plaintiff in a sexual harassment case against Aaron’s, a rent-to-own furniture merchant, alleging that a store manager sexually harassed and eventually assaulted her.  The verdict may be the largest in a sexual harassment case to date.

FL – A Florida court of appeals reversed a $2.6 million jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, finding that the plaintiff had failed to establish the elements of his racial discrimination and retaliation claims under Florida’s Civil Rights Act.

TN – ThyseenKrupp Elevator Manufacturing, Inc. agreed to pay $288,333 to settle a class action sex discrimination suit brought by the Department of Labor on behalf of female job applicants who were denied assembler/packer and utility positions at the company’s Middleton facility.  The company also agreed to offer 23 positions to the women involved.

TN – A federal jury awarded $260,000 to a former employee of South Central Communications who sued the company alleging she was fired in retaliation for supporting another female employee in her own sex and age discrimination suit against the company.

PA – A federal jury found in favor of a former employee of a funeral home who alleged she was suspended in retaliation for filing an EEOC charge alleging religious discrimination.  The jury awarded no damages and also could not determine whether the plaintiff resigned her employment or was terminated.

MA – A jury awarded a former researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute $50,000 in a gender discrimination suit based on wrongful termination.

CA – Farmers Insurance agreed to pay $1,520,705 in back wages to 3,459 call center employees following a Department of Labor investigation that revealed overtime and record-keeping violations related to the company’s failure to pay employees for pre-shift work activities.

MD – A jury awarded a former official for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission $1.65 million in a racial discrimination suit based on wrongful termination.  According to the lawsuit, the official was fired after he refused to accept a demotion. 

TX – While the judge threw out her sex discrimination claim, a jury awarded a former Radio One employee $750,000 in punitive damages in a retaliation case.  The judge reduced the award to $290,000 with $10,000 for emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life, along with $6,000 for lost income and $33,000 for attorneys’ fees.

CA – Aon Insurance Services, Inc. agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle an overtime class action case brought by California Account Specialists who had allegedly been misclassified by the defendant as exempt administrative employees.

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