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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on February 3, 2012

Our latest update on recent employment-related jury verdicts and settlements after the break. NY – A federal jury awarded the former director of the Peekskill Housing Authority $1 million in a racial discrimination lawsuit. The suit alleged that the housing board’s chairwoman made derogatory statements about the Plaintiff’s ethnicity and orchestrated his removal because of […]

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

NY – A federal jury awarded the former director of the Peekskill Housing Authority $1 million in a racial discrimination lawsuit. The suit alleged that the housing board’s chairwoman made derogatory statements about the Plaintiff’s ethnicity and orchestrated his removal because of bias against him.

CA – A federal jury awarded a $18.3 million to a six plaintiffs in an age discrimination case against Dr. Pepper Snapple. The company plans to appeal the decision but created a reserve for the damages.

TX – A federal jury found in favor of Christus Hospital St. Mary in a racial harassment case filed by a former security officer. The lawsuit alleged that the hospital allowed one African American employee to harass another African American employee because of her light skin. The plaintiff also alleged that she was constructively discharged because of the racially hostile work environment.

IL – A federal jury ordered Cook County and its former chairman of pathology to pay $7.6 million in a retaliation lawsuit brought by a physician in the county’s hospital. The Plaintiff alleged that the county suspended and terminated her based on her speaking out about hospital practices and because she filed an EEOC complaint of discrimination based on heritage and gender. The hospital claimed that it terminated the plaintiff because she misdiagnosed several patients with cancer and failed to follow established protocols and policies.

IL – A federal judge granted a Cicero Town president a new trial after a jury awarded a former town handyman $650,000 in damages in a political retaliation lawsuit. The judge threw out the verdict because of misconduct on the part of the defense attorney.

GA – The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reconsidered and reversed its previous decision in a racial discrimination case. The recent ruling upheld the jury’s $365,000 compensatory damages award to a former black employee of a Tyson chicken plant. The employee alleged that a white manager called him “boy” and that the term was a racial epithet.

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