Wednesday, November 19, 2014

$185 Million Pregnancy Discrimination Award

Discriminating against pregnant employees or employees who oppose discrimination is generally unlawful. That's not news. A California federal jury awarded a woman who worked for AutoZone $872,719 in compensatory damages ($393,759 for past economic loss earnings, $228,960 for future economic loss earnings and $250,000 for emotional distress).Well, that's pretty interesting, but I don't know that I'd call it big news. Oh, one last thing . . .

The jury awarded the woman $185 million in punitive damages!

Now that's newsworthy!

Sidenote: Can we declare a moratorium on the "185 million reasons to . . . . " headlines?