Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Friday, July 11, 2003

Knoxville Jury Verdict of $1.3 Million For Discrimination and Retaliation


The KnoxNews website has the story of a jury's award in a case where a female employee alleged she was terminated after she complained when she was denied a promotion following a co-employee's transfer. That employee was also a plaintiff as he alleged he was terminated when he told the employer that if he were called to testify he would have to say she was denied the job because of sex discrimination. Although each plaintiff was awarded punitive damages of $600,000, those will be likely be reduced to $50,000 each because of the punitive damage caps under Title VII.

In the "with 20/20 hindsight, probably not a good trial strategy" category, the jury rejected the employer's counterclaim against the two that they had plotted together to make bogus discrimination claims.

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