Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements
Published by Eric A. Welter on October 19, 2011
Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break. CA – A California jury has ordered Jon Peters, a film producer, to pay his former assistant $3 million in a sexual harassment and hostile work environment case. Peters’s assistant alleged that he fondled her and climbed into bed with her during the […]
Our latest update on recent jury verdicts and settlements after the break.
CA – A California jury has ordered Jon Peters, a film producer, to pay his former assistant $3 million in a sexual harassment and hostile work environment case. Peters’s assistant alleged that he fondled her and climbed into bed with her during the filming of “Superman Returns” in 2005.
NJ – A New Jersey appeals court overturned a $2.5 million verdict against South Jersey Gas, vacating an Atlantic County jury’s 2009 award and ordering a new trial. A South Jersey Gas employee had alleged that he was wrongfully terminated because of his depression. The state’s discrimination laws cover mental and physical disabilities.
VA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to pay $28,500 to a local employee who sued the agency for racial discrimination. The lawsuit alleged that FEMA retaliated against the employee after he complained about unfair employment practices predicated on religion and race.
GA – A federal jury found in favor of a Buckhead tavern in a civil rights lawsuit brought by a former professional basketball player and an Atlanta attorney. The plaintiffs alleged that the restaurant’s unwritten policy that men be asked to give up their seats to women in exchange for a free round of drinks was discriminatory and used to harass black patrons and keep the bar and its patio predominately white.
CA – The US Department of Labor found that Bond Laboratories, Inc. and its former CEO violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by terminating an employee who allegedly objected to the manipulation of sales figures that misrepresented the company’s value to potential investors. Bond Laboratories will pay approximately $500,000 and rehire the employee.
PA – A federal jury found in favor of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in a lawsuit brought by a former professor who alleged that the University retaliated against him when he complained of racial discrimination. The jury found that the plaintiff had failed to produce sufficient evidence to support his claim, and it believed the University’s argument that it denied tenure to the plaintiff because of his poor job performance.
TX – A federal court ordered Texas Southern University to pay $730,000 to a former women’s basketball coach who alleged gender discrimination and retaliation. TSU is currently appealing the verdict.
MO – A Missouri trial court awarded $127,056 in actual damage, $97,382.50 in attorneys’ fees, $36,288 in front pay, and $1,303,632.50 in punitive damages to a former Missouri Department of Corrections employee who alleged disability discrimination and retaliatory discharge. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision.
DC – Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. agreed to pay $2.25 million in back wages, interest and benefits to more than 1,650 qualified female job applicants who were rejected for employment. The US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs determined that Tyson Fresh Meats had violated an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sex.Topics: Jury Verdicts