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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on October 26, 2012

Our latest update on recent employment law jury verdicts and settlements after the break. TX – A jury has decided in favor of one of two complainants in a gender discrimination and retaliation suit.  The former employees of Christ Academy alleged that the school systematically replaced female leadership with men.  The jury found there was […]

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

TX – A jury has decided in favor of one of two complainants in a gender discrimination and retaliation suit.  The former employees of Christ Academy alleged that the school systematically replaced female leadership with men.  The jury found there was insufficient evidence that the private school terminated the two former employees because of gender discrimination.    One of the women, however, was found to have been retaliated against for a protected activity.  She was awarded $100,000.

MO – A jury has awarded $95 million in a sex harassment suit against Aaron’s Inc., a rent-to-own company.  A federal cap in sexual harassment cases will bring the total down to $41.6 million.  The suit alleged that the complainant, a customer service representative, was assaulted by her supervisor over a period of one year.  She was subjected to sexual jokes and lewd propositions.  The supervisor gave her gifts and subjected her to unwanted groping.  The woman complained to the company hotline, but was denied promotions because of it.

IA – The Dunkerton Mayor and his nephew have been found guilty of harassment of a police officer during a traffic stop.  Both men face a maximum fine of $625 for interference, a maximum fine of $65 for harassment, and 30 days in jail for each count.

VA – A waitress in Roanoke, VA, has settled a pregnancy lawsuit against her employer, Mi Puerto Mexican restaurant.  The suit alleged that the woman was ordered to have an abortion to keep her job as a waitress.  The case was resolved in an undisclosed mediation session.  The waitress alleged she was let go after informing the restaurant she intended to keep the baby.  According to the lawsuit, the father of the child was the manager of one of the two restaurants, and son of the company’s president.  The alleged father offered to pay for an abortion.

GA – A jury found that the Fulton County government denied an applicant for a director’s job because he is a male and white.  Fulton County will pay $300,000 in back wages to the former deputy director.  Counsel for the county claimed the man blew his interview, and was upset when an African American woman won the job instead.

DC – Federal contractor Lund Boat Co., will pay $295,000 in back pay to 185 women in a sex discrimination case.  The 185 female job applicants were denied entry-level positions with the company.  The OFCCP investigation concluded that the company failed to ensure that the females received equal consideration for employment.  The company will extend job offers to 27 of the women in the original class.

NY – A Brooklyn jury has cleared an NYPD official and sergeant of sexual harassment and discrimination charges brought on behalf of a female cop.  The jury said it believed that the unit was permeated with frat boy antics, but didn’t find support to the claim that she was retaliated against for refusing romantic advances.

MN – A police officer has won $184,000 in damages in a discrimination verdict against his department chief.  The cop lobbied for a vote of no confidence against the police chief, and the vote went through.  The suit alleged that the chief retaliated by putting the cop on leave and later recommended his termination.

IL – Chrysler will pay $3.5 million in punitive damages to a former employee at an assembly plant in Belvedere.  For three years, the employee was the target of over 50 anonymous death threats and harassment.  The employee reported the events to police, the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League, and his employer.  Chrysler chose the wife of one of the suspects to take the lead in the investigation, and she failed to investigate even one of the suspects.  The company ignored the police suggestion of installing a security camera, and even blamed the victim for conducting the harassment himself.

WI – A jury has awarded $1.8 million to a former administrator at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  After backing a co-worker’s discrimination complaint, the official was reassigned to a new post 110 miles from his home.  He was awarded compensatory and punitive damages.

LA – A jury has unanimously found that sexual harassment claims made by a former Shaw employee were valid.  The employee sued one of his colleagues for sexually harassing him over a period of six months.  The testimony included graphic and sexually explicit text messages and emails.

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