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Sales manager claiming discrimination awarded $20.45M
An insurance sales manager who claimed that she was told to quit or accept a demotion allegedly because of her age and gender was awarded $20.45 million. Deborah Miller, who was 57 when she left American Family Insurance, claimed that the company targeted older female workers as part of its corporate restructuring. At trial, internal human resources documents were admitted into evidence that stated, "…there is an undertone in Missouri in comparison to other states ... that women are not treated equally with the men. The recognition and opportunities are very limited for women but not so for the men." It also stated that, "… there is pressure for women [managers] to look 30 years old." The award included $20 million in punitive damages.
Miller v. American Family Mutual Insurance
Missouri - Jackson County
Worker awarded $15M for accident with shearing machine
A laborer who lost part of a finger in a shearing machine at a materials-processing facility in Leola was awarded $15 million by a jury. Juan Reyes, 41, had part of his right middle finger severed in a hydraulic plate-shearing machine, in October 2012. He was putting a piece of metal beneath the shear knife when he inadvertently stepped on the foot pedal which activated the machine, and a cylinder crushed his right hand. Reyes sued machine manufacturer Cincinnati Inc., alleging the machine lacked crucial safety guards. The company argued the guards had been removed and there were warning labels.
Reyes v. Cincinnati Inc.
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia County
Woman paralyzed in catastrophic crash gets $22M settlement
A woman who lost control of her vehicle and crashed after a Good Samaritan swerved into her lane, leaving her paralyzed, received a $22.27 million settlement. In May 2013, Rebecca Forkey, then 23, was driving on Interstate 680, in Walnut Creek, when Larry Day swerved into her lane. Day had called 911 to report an impaired driver, Kathleen Harding, when Harding came alongside Day and swerved into his lane. As a result, Day swerved into Forkey's lane. Forkey claimed that Day was the direct cause of the crash, but Day claimed Harding was the sole cause of the accident. Forkey was rendered a quadriplegic.
Forkey v. Hendrick Automotive Group
California - Contra Costa County
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