Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Friday, February 27, 2004

It's Groundhog Day All Over Again - Pennsylvania Jury Awards 3.2 Million Against Fed Ex


One thing can be safely predicted -- Federal Express is unlikely to agree to try a sexual harassment case in Pennsylvania in February 2005, given the results in 2004 and 2003. The York Daily Record story explains the $3.2 million dollar award to former employee Marion Shaub earlier this week. Although losing her gender discrimination claim, she prevailed on retaliation and hostile environment. Among other things as the only female tractor-trailer driver at the Harrisburg Airport facility she claimed that her "brakes were loosened, the brake lines were cut and the lines were filled with dirt," although she never was involved in an accident where property or personal injuries were sustained.

In February 2003, Fed Ex suffered a $2.3 million verdict in a case brought by a former supervisor that I noted here. That case settled for a confidential amount on appeal.

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