An architect fired by the city of Alexandria, Va., has won the first case under a new whistleblower law that allows state and local government workers to sue for retaliatory job actions under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
In the largest verdict to an individual employment plaintiff in United States history, a California jury awarded $167.7 million last February to a cardiac surgery physician assistant who suffered sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
A Massachusetts judge’s refusal to issue an injunction in a suit involving a car dealership allegedly defamed by the relatives of an ex-employee demonstrates the struggle for courts that are asked to strike a balance between the First Amendment and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Fry’s Electronics, which operates 17 stores in California, will pay $2.3 million to settle sexual harassment and retaliation complaints arising from incidents at a store in Washington. The EEOC had charged the company with tolerating harassment of a young salesperson and firing a supervisor for standing up for her.
The former principal of a successful charter school has won a disputed $155.7 million verdict against the city manager for destroying her reputation.
The Chelan County, Wash. Public Utilities Department has settled two wrongful termination suits for $985,000.
Chelan County, Wash. PUD and its General Manager John Janney have agreed to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by former high-level managers Joe Jarvis and John Smith for a total of $985,000 to avoid the risk and further expense of an appeal and jury trial.
The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to approve a $350,000 settlement with a police detective who had been fired.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Denver alleging that a large retail food company refused to accommodate and unlawfully fired a receptionist at its headquarters because she had bipolar disorder.
Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. will pay $100,000 to a part-time Towson, Md. cashier the retailer allegedly fired because she had cancer, under a settlement the company reached last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.