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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on November 28, 2011

Our latest update on recent employment jury verdicts and settlements after the break.   AL – A federal jury found in favor of Austal USA in the majority of counts of a case brought by five employees.   The employees alleged that the company allowed a hostile work environment to persist, including racial slurs, nooses, and […]

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

 

AL – A federal jury found in favor of Austal USA in the majority of counts of a case brought by five employees.   The employees alleged that the company allowed a hostile work environment to persist, including racial slurs, nooses, and threatening graffiti.  The company’s attorney argued that Austal took all discrimination complaints seriously and tried to find the perpetrator when an employee reported an incident. 

MA – The city of Cambridge has settled a lawsuit with two former employees who alleged racial discrimination in the work place and retaliation.  The financial terms of the settlement are confidential.

VA – Virginia Tech has agreed to pay a former employee $60,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The employee alleged that her supervisor repeatedly made sexually inappropriate comments during a training trip and that he fired her when she complained about the harassment. 

CA – A California jury found in favor of Oakland City in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former administrator.  The City argued that it terminated the administrator because she warned her nephew, a convicted felon who worked for the City, of an impending police raid on West Oakland gang members.     

NY – A federal jury ordered Dominican College to pay a former maintenance worker $400,000 in a retaliation suit.  Although the jury did not find racial or age discrimination, it found that the College had fired the employee because of his complaints. 

TX – Hilton Reservations Worldwide, LLC will pay $717,507 in minimum and overtime back wages to 2,645 current and former employees based on an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  The government found that the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay employees for work they performed prior to officially starting their shifts. 

CA – A Sacramento jury awarded $5.2 million to a Sears Home Improvement Products employee in a racial harassment and retaliation lawsuit.  The jury found that Sears failed to investigate or remediate the employee’s complaints of racial harassment. 

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