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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on September 21, 2012

Our latest update on recent employment law jury verdicts and settlements after the break. CA – A deputy juvenile corrections officer was awarded $820,000 in a harassment lawsuit when an anonymous blog mocked his physical disability.  Employees accessed the blog on workplace computers and postings discussed work-related issues; the jury found it was reasonable to […]

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

CA – A deputy juvenile corrections officer was awarded $820,000 in a harassment lawsuit when an anonymous blog mocked his physical disability.  Employees accessed the blog on workplace computers and postings discussed work-related issues; the jury found it was reasonable to assume at least some of the harassment was coming from co-workers within the office.  The verdict demonstrates that an employer can be liable for off-duty harassment conducted by employees.

CA – Leprino Foods Inc. will pay $550,000 to 250 job applicants.  The US Labor Department found that the company systematically discriminated against minority applicants during its hiring process.  The investigation discovered that the company administered an exam – that included skills in mathematics – that was not job related, and which adversely affected minority applicants for entry-level positions.

NJ – Passaic County will pay a $3.7M jury verdict to a former employee in an age-bias lawsuit.  Hundreds of county employees were laid off in 2008 after massive budget cuts.  This case is but one instance of damages awarded to a worker who claimed she was the victim of age discrimination and filed a lawsuit against the county.

CA – A Rite Aid Store Manager has won a $3,500,000 discrimination verdict.  Months after the employee was diagnosed with a non-work related serious disability, she was fired.  Despite her continued ability to perform her job, Rite Aid never tried to discuss appropriate accommodations.  The company manufactured a false reason to terminate her employment.

MI – A federal jury has found that a police officer was discriminated against in her quest to become a narcotics officer.  They jury awarded $3,000 to the female officer who claimed gender bias, and noted that the Narcotics division had not had a female officer during the time she was employed with the department.

NJ – A State Police trooper was retaliated against after claiming racial discrimination.  The Essex County jury has awarded $1.06 million to the African American man.  The suit alleged that white troopers found guilty of offenses were disciplined less severely than black troopers.

NY – A Manhattan federal jury has cleared WPIX of an age discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of its former news director.  The former employee filed a $4.5 million lawsuit claiming she was fired after turning 60.  The station defended it fired her because of poor ratings and declining ad revenues.

DC – A former lifeguard has been awarded $3.5 million in damages for pain and suffering.  The sexual harassment lawsuit alleged that the female lifeguard had been harassed by her supervisor and that she was fired in retaliation for filing a written complaint.

WA – A jury has rejected a lawsuit by an employee at Washington State University seeking $2.4 million in damages for discrimination and retaliation.  The black employee failed to prove he was passed over for promotions or that he was retaliated against by being stripped of his duties and given unfavorable job evaluations.  The jury found that the employee did not always apply to the positions he was seeking, but rather expected to receive the jobs.

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