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Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Published by on March 3, 2009

Our latest update after the break. MA — Landlord ordered to pay $8,000 in housing discrimination case. FL — Former Ft. Lauderdale secretary wins $75,000 in age discrimination lawsuit.  NY — Former photo assistant wins $25,000 in sexual harassment lawsuit.  “In court papers, [the plaintiff] accused [the harasser] of groping her breasts, making sexual remarks and occasionally […]

Our latest update after the break.

MA — Landlord ordered to pay $8,000 in housing discrimination case.

FL — Former Ft. Lauderdale secretary wins $75,000 in age discrimination lawsuit. 

NY — Former photo assistant wins $25,000 in sexual harassment lawsuit.  “In court papers, [the plaintiff] accused [the harasser] of groping her breasts, making sexual remarks and occasionally lifting her blazer to look at her buttocks. She said the conduct forced her to leave her job as a photo assistant after less than a month.”  The defendant filed for bankruptcy protection after the liability verdict.

NJ — Transit police officer awarded $1.5 million in retaliation lawsuit.  The plaintiff, “a 20-year veteran, said she had been passed over for promotions, costing her salary and benefits. She was targeted for retaliation when she complained about it, she said.  After deliberating for six hours, a jury in Newark awarded her $449,000 in lost wages and benefits, along with $1 million in punitive damages.  [Plaintiff], 47, is also entitled to have her legal fees — reportedly in the neighborhood of a  half-million dollars — paid by NJ Transit.”  Another article here.

MA — Surgeon awarded $1.6 million in sex bias suit.  “The jurors found that [the plaintiff] was subject to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, or other abusive conduct that was motivated at least in part by her gender or national origin or both – and that it was severe enough to interfere with her work performance. [Plaintiff] was born in India. The bulk of the award – $1 million – was to compensate her for working under these conditions.  The jury awarded [Plaintiff] $600,000 based on its finding that the hospital retaliated against her for complaining, by requiring her to be evaluated by outside physicians to see whether she was fit to keep practicing at the hospital. The jury decided that [Plaintiff’s supervisor] intentionally interfered with her business relationship with the hospital and that he slandered her. The jury awarded her $20,001 for [his] interference. [He] is responsible for paying that amount, while the hospital was assessed the remaining damages of $1.6 million.”

NC — North Carolina Supreme Court upholds $500,000 jury verdict against Duke University in sexual harassment lawsuit.

MD — “A Maryland athletic club will pay $161,000 and furnish other substantial relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.  According to EEOC’s suit, (1:08:00518-CCB, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division), BVP, LLC and N.F.A.C., Inc., doing business as Big Vanilla Pasadena and Big Vanilla Athletic Club, violated federal law by sexually harassing several female employees at the company’s Pasadena and Arnold, Md., locations. The EEOC said Joella Hopkins, Melissa Mendez, Michelle Cabral and Dawn Wooden were subjected to repeated and unwanted sexually offensive remarks and sexual advances. Further, the EEOC charged that Hopkins, Cabral and Wooden were fired in retaliation for their complaints about the discrimination.”

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