Court: W.D. Washington at Seattle
Judge: James P. Donohue
Date Filed: 09/05/2013
Date of Verdict: 12/10/2014

Total Amount of Judgment: $760,816

Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff had been a technician for Qwest for many years when he encouraged another black employee to complain about race discrimination. Thereafter he was disciplined for alleged misconduct and performance issues, complained of retaliation, and was terminated. He claimed race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII. The jury found for him on retaliation but not race discrimination.

Damages Awarded:
Past wage loss: $157,693
Emotional distress: $275,963
Punitive damages: $100,000 (reduced by remittitur to $24,037)

Attorney’s fees awarded: $303,123

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Alexander Higgins and Rebecca Ary
Defendant: James Sanders