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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on May 22, 2012

Our latest update on recent employment law jury verdicts and settlements after the break. MS – A federal jury has awarded $100,000 to a former principal for lost wages in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit alleged that the plaintiff was fired for refusing sex with her former school superintendent. FL – A federal jury […]

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

MS – A federal jury has awarded $100,000 to a former principal for lost wages in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit alleged that the plaintiff was fired for refusing sex with her former school superintendent.

FL – A federal jury has awarded $700,000 to a female Miami Beach firefighter in a sexual harassment case. The suit alleged that the plaintiff’s bosses and co-workers harassed her for years and made her the target of personal attacks and even death threats. After filing a complaint she was suspended and the city attempted to strip her EMS license.

CA – A jury awarded an Armenian American police detective $150,000 in a discrimination case. The suit alleged that the plaintiff faced on-the-job harassment because of his ethnicity and was regularly subjected to derogative terms.

CA – A jury has rejected accusations of racial discrimination filed by seven black police officers against the Richmond Police Chief. The verdict threw out all claims of harassment and bias and is awarding no damages. The jury also cleared the Deputy Chief and city of Richmond of any wrongdoing.

NY – A federal jury has awarded $250,000 to six former nail salon workers. The suit alleged that the LI nail salon chain failed to pay minimum wage or overtime. The former employees were terminated after filing their lawsuit.

NY – New York City will pay $750,000 in compensatory damages to a black official of the city’s Human Resources Administration in a retaliation suit. The suit alleged the official was retaliated against because she had complained about contracting practices.

KY – A circuit judge ruled in favor of the University of Kentucky in a gender-discrimination case. The suit alleged that the plaintiff was subjected to a “frat house” atmosphere within the campus police department and wasn’t allowed to exercise leadership on the job.

NY – Mary Ann’s Mexican Restaurant will pay $1.6 million to settle a sexual orientation discrimination case. The suit alleged that the plaintiff suffered emotional distress and loss of employment because she was discriminated against based on her Catholic religion and sexual orientation as a lesbian.

CT – A decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court has tossed out $12 million in wrongful firing awards. This pro-employer workplace speech decision determined employees have scant recourse for speaking about job-related matters.

MA – Registry of Motor Vehicles has agreed to pay $445,000 in a sexual harassment and retaliation suit. The suit alleged that the plaintiff was subject to crude and vulgar comments by an auditor. When the plaintiff brought the issues to the attention of her superiors she was asked to resign.

WA – A jury has awarded $485,000 against Catholic Community Services for military discrimination. The plaintiff was fired from her position with her employer one month after it learned she was set to deploy for active service in Iraq.

USA – The Labor Department has ordered Wal-Mart to pay $4.8 million to employees who were denied overtime charges. The suit affects roughly 4,500 manages and coordinators who were employed between 2004 and 2007. Before 2007 Wal-Mart initially considered these employees exempt from regulations requiring overtime pay, but reclassified them in 2007.

MO – A Muslim woman has been awarded $5 million in a workplace discrimination case. The plaintiff suffered years of harassment by her co-workers at Southwestern Bell/AT&T. The former employee pursued a religious discrimination case against her employer after her denied request for sensitivity training to be provided to the office.

AL – A jury has ruled in favor of the city of Gadsden in a sexual harassment suit. The suit alleged that the plaintiff was subject to sexually explicit comments by co-workers and after filing a complaint with Human Resources she was suspended without pay.

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