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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on June 15, 2012

Our most recent update on employment law jury verdicts and settlements after the break. OR – A jury has awarded $332,000 to two mechanical workers for not having access to a toilet on-site at Portland International Airport.  The suit alleged that the two plaintiffs were forced to urinate in a bucket and were fired for […]

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

OR – A jury has awarded $332,000 to two mechanical workers for not having access to a toilet on-site at Portland International Airport.  The suit alleged that the two plaintiffs were forced to urinate in a bucket and were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators.

CT – The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a jury award of $90,000 in favor of a Birken Manufacturing Company employee.  The claim alleged that the plaintiff was harassed about his sexual orientation over a period of ten years and that his employer failed to take “reasonable measures” to prevent the hostility.

TX – Central Freight Lines has been ordered to pay $400,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit based on workers’ age and disability.  The settlement will be paid to eight dock workers who were selected for termination because of their age as part of a “reduction in force” ruse that was a charade to remove older workers.  The men were replaced with younger hires.

CA – A jury has rejected a lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation brought on behalf of a Burbank police officer.  The plaintiff alleged she was discriminated against when she became pregnant and deserved up to $530,000 for emotional distress.

USA – An appeals court has upheld a verdict on discrimination against a deaf applicant.  Service Temps, Inc. refused to hire the applicant when it learned she was deaf. A company manager explicitly stated she was not hired because she could not hear.  The woman was awarded $103,000.

VA – A former Fairfax County firefighter has settled a sexual harassment suit.  The suit alleged that the plaintiff’s recruitment officer repeatedly asked her inappropriate questions throughout her interview and recruitment process.  A U.S. district judge has reduced the original jury award of $250,000 to $50,000 on appeal.

NJ – A jury has awarded $180,000 to a sheriff’s investigator in an age discrimination suit.  The suit alleged that the plaintiff was laid off because of his age during budget cuts in 2008 and not brought back among subsequent rehires.

CA – Target has agreed to pay $250,000 to extricate itself from a wrongful termination claim.  The company tried to let go a mentally disabled employee when she “lost track of time” due to her disability and was late taking lunch breaks.  The suit alleged she was fired because she violated Target’s “two-minute” rule for tardiness; an automatic ground for termination.

CO – A federal jury has awarded two victims $1.2M in a racial discrimination suit.  The former Federal Fruit and Produce employees were subjected to racial slurs by one of the company’s co-owners.  The men retaliated with complaints and were subsequently fired.

NY – A federal court has awarded $25M in damages to a steelworker in a racial suit.  The employee suffered “KKK” graffiti on the walls of the steel plant where he worked and a stuffed monkey with a noose around its neck hanging from his driver’s side mirror.  The former employers and their executives were found liable for a culture of racial discrimination.

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