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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on September 12, 2011

Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. OK – A federal jury ordered Abercrombie & Fitch to pay $20,000 to a Tulsa woman who claimed that the company refused to hire her because she wore an Islamic headscarf to her job interview. TX – Kinder Morgan, Inc. agreed to pay […]

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

OK – A federal jury ordered Abercrombie & Fitch to pay $20,000 to a Tulsa woman who claimed that the company refused to hire her because she wore an Islamic headscarf to her job interview.

TX – Kinder Morgan, Inc. agreed to pay $830,000 in overtime back wages to 4,659 employees to settle a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit. The suit alleged that employee bonuses were not included as part of the regular rate of pay for the calculation of overtime, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and that the company failed to pay employees for pre-shift meetings and improperly rounded the employees’ work hours.

CA – A California jury awarded a former Los Angeles Airport police lieutenant $925,209 in a gender discrimination lawsuit in which she claimed that being female prevented her from timely promotion to a captain’s position.

VA – The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Norfolk Southern Corporation, a railroad, to pay $122,199 in compensatory and punitive damages, along with reasonable attorneys’ fees to a former employee who reported an on-the-job injury. OSHA investigated Norfolk Southern and determined that it had violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

IL – A federal district court ordered the City of Chicago to reinstate 111 firefighters and pay at least $30 million in damages to 6,000 others in a race discrimination lawsuit. The U.S. Supreme Court had unanimously agreed that the candidates had not waited too long before filing the suit, and the federal appeals court affirmed the ruling and remanded the case to the trial court to implement a hiring remedy.

VA – Lawrence Transportation Systems agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Lawrence originally fought the case, but a jury found that it had been unwilling to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s Rastafarian beliefs by ordering him to cut his dreadlocks.

FL – Two La Nopalera restaurants will pay $934,000 in back pay and liquidated damages to settle a wage case brought by the U.S. Department of Labor. The lawsuit alleged that the restaurants improperly classified the kitchen employees as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the employees were only allowed to keep their tips as wages, and the restaurant did not maintain accurate records of the hours worked by employees.

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