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Jury awards $6.2M in pregnancy-discrimination case
A jury decided that a Manhattan-based leasing firm must pay a total of more than $6 million to three former employees who alleged that they were fired for being pregnant. The suit’s plaintiffs, formerly administrative workers at G.E.B. Medical Management Inc., claimed that they were competent, diligent workers who were mistreated, marginalized and ultimately fired after disclosing their pregnancies. The women were fired during a five-month period in 2006 and 2007. One claimed that she was dismissed merely two days after revealing her pregnancy. G.E.B. Medical Management claimed that the firings were based on performance deficits, but the jury found otherwise. It awarded damages of $6,181,000, which included $1.5 million of punitive damages.
Santana v. G.E.B. Medical Management Inc.
Woman recovers nothing for fall at subway station
A jury sided with the New York City Transit Authority in a dispute regarding a woman’s fall at a Brooklyn subway station. The suit’s plaintiff, Yelissa Medina, claimed that she broke a knee and injured her back when she fell at the subway station located at the intersection of Broadway and Myrtle Avenue. She claimed that she tripped on a 0.75-inch-thick board that had been affixed to the concrete platform, to cover a defect of the platform’s surface. Medina’s attorney argued that the board’s edges were unreasonably steep, but the defense contended that the board was safe. The defense also suggested that Medina may have tripped on an adjacent slip-resistant strip. The jury found no evidence of an unreasonable hazard.
Medina v. NYCTA
Department store not liable for puddle that spilled patron
A Yonkers department store prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a customer who claimed that she slipped, fell and sustained injuries. The matter dates to Sept. 12, 2011, when Dorothy Parchment, then 50, visited the T.J. Maxx store located at 750 Central Park Ave. Parchment, who was accompanied by two young girls, claimed that she slipped in a puddle created by a leaking air conditioner. The defense contended that the store had no record of the air conditioner having malfunctioned or required a repair, and it suggested that the puddle was a result of one of the young girls having spilled a beverage. A witness reported seeing one of the girls running with a bottle or cup. The matter ended up in a courtroom, where a jury sided with the defense.
Parchment v. TJX Cos. Inc.
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