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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on August 23, 2011

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. TX – A Texas jury found in favor of Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant company, in a religious discrimination lawsuit. A former employee alleged that Texas Roadhouse had forced him to work on Sundays in violation of his religious beliefs, but court documents […]

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

TX – A Texas jury found in favor of Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant company, in a religious discrimination lawsuit. A former employee alleged that Texas Roadhouse had forced him to work on Sundays in violation of his religious beliefs, but court documents showed that the restaurant had accommodated him by never scheduling him to work on Sundays except for two high-volume holidays.

IL – A federal jury found in favor of two former East St. Louis Fire and Police Commissioners who alleged that they were fired because they spoke out against racial discrimination against white applicants in the hiring process. The jury awarded each of the Commissioners $15,000 in punitive damages and $5,500 in compensatory damages.

NJ – A jury awarded $450,000 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages to a police officer who claimed that the police department retaliated against him for filing a racial discrimination suit. The jury decided that while the department did not discriminate against the officer, it did retaliate against him for filing a complaint. The police department is currently requesting a new trial on the case.

CA – A jury found that an entrepreneur and civil rights activist sexually harassed and battered one of his employees. The jury ordered that the employer would pay for his employee’s medical and psychological bills. An additional trial will occur to assess non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.

TX – A federal jury ordered a former judge to pay $3.2 million to three female coworkers in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit alleged that the former county court-at-law judge had created a hostile work environment and had physically accosted other employees.

TX – The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $104,837 in overtime wages on behalf of 57 Hurricane Ike cleanup workers from the owner of a debris cleanup company in Anahuac, Texas. The workers were allegedly misclassified as independent contractors and paid straight wages when they were owed overtime under the FLSA.

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