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Thursday, June 29, 2006

MDV (With Comments) From Northern Iowa

The Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette headline gives the bottom line, Former Graham employee gets $1 million, detailing a recent workers compensation retaliation MDV. As is frequently the case, by far the biggest portion of the verdict was the punitive damage award, $775,000.

What is most interesting about this case are the comments from readers. They range from the anti-litigation crowd:
Have you ever been on the other side of the argument? The people who knowingly fake injuries are the ones who cause the problems for those who are really hurt. You know if your co-workers are really hurt or if they are just looking for easy street. Companies have little recourse for those who lie and cheat. Face it some people are just lazy and look for the easy buck....or million bucks.
But more were from the anti-company position as reflected by these two comments:
congrats wrote on June 27, 2006 8:19 AM:"way to go! Finally a company paying for their mistakes CONGRATULATIONS! "
rjm wrote on June 27, 2006 2:29 AM:"I think alot of other companies are guilty of treating employees the same way after an injury."
The comments certainly are in line with what I told those in Washington D.C. yesterday in my session at the SHRM Annual Conference -- The Fear of Losing Big: Managing in the Age of the Million Dollar Verdict. And are probably worth a read by anyone headed to trial on a workers compensation, or any other, retaliation case.


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