|Dec. 1, 2011 | www.fisherphillips.com|
In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld a jury's decision that a package delivery company had retaliated against one of its workers for filing a workers' compensation claim. Fortunately for the company, the Court reduced the jury's $2 million verdict to about $630,000. In July, an Illinois jury awarded a workers' compensation retaliation plaintiff $4.2 million including $3.6 million in punitive damages. Reviewing news reports about these verdicts suggests punitive damages are normally awarded when a jury finds for the employee. That makes these cases one of the hottest fields in employment law.