Below are some recent reported verdicts in employment law cases.
Verdicts in Favor of Employees
- Three white police officers were awarded a $10 million verdict against the City of Philadelphia in a retaliation case. The officers alleged that they were retaliated against after the broke the “blue code of silence” and spoke out about racism against black officers. >
- A jury awarded $4.5 million to an employee of the City of Cambridge
- , Massachusetts in a race discrimination and retaliation case.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a verdict of $1.8 million against Sybase in a race discrimination case. The plaintiff, a Filipina-American, was the former director of human resources who alleged that she was fired because the HR department had “diversity problems” and had “too many women.”
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an award of $1 million to a farm worker who claimed sexual harassment, retaliation, and constructive discharge. The award included $53,000 in back pay, $91,000 for front pay, $350,000 in compensatory damages for emotional pain and distress and $500,000 in punitive damages (later reduced to $300,000 because of limits set by federal discrimination laws).
An appeals court upheld a $1.25 million verdict against a city police department filed by a former police detective who claimed sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
A jury in Texas awarded $600,000 to a black state trooper who claimed that he was removed from the governor’s protective detail due to race.
A jury in Washington D.C. awarded $488,000 to an employee of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who claimed age, sex, and race discrimination.
A postal worker in Des Moines, Iowa, was awarded $382,500 in a race discrimination and racial harassment case. The verdict included $82,500 in back wages, $200,000 in emotional distress damages, and $100,000 in future emotional distress damages.
Verdicts in Favor of Employers
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a verdict in favor of the City of Columbus, Mississippi, in a case filed by an employee who alleged race discrimination in a promotion decision. The plaintiff was acting police chief when the city hired a white police chief based on the vote of a mayor who cast the deciding vote after the city council was deadlocked along racial lines.