Our client apparently did not deserve a full paycheck because, according to his supervisor, he was "only half a man" after his work-related injuries.
The trial lasted three weeks.
Girardi | Keese attorney Keith Griffin was co-lead at trial, with Ebby Bakhtiar of Livingston Bakhtiar.
Before the court was a man, our client, a 15-year employee working for a manufacturing company who'd been hurt on the job. He'd had multiple surgeries. He'd had more than one leave of absence. His medical bills were more than $275,000 - paid for by his employer.
At this point, you might ask yourself, what's the problem? Why did this man feel he needed to sue his employer?
There's always more to the story - and this story ends with a $15 million verdict.
Harsh words, a demotion, and finally termination
Our client alleged disability discrimination and defamation, stemming from his employer's behavior:
- At trial, our client testified that his supervisor told him that the company did not want to pay him a full paycheck because he was "only half a man" after his injuries.
- During a leave of absence for surgery and recuperation, our client was demoted from his position as a supervisor.
- After informing the company he would require another leave of absence for additional surgery, his employer found him "guilty" and terminated him "for cause" - at trial claiming (with no solid evidence) that he accepted bribes from contractors.
Our client spent more than two years looking for a new job.
The jury saw through the company's bribe story
Our client was an honest, hard working and loyal man. He loved working for this company. We gave him an opportunity to tell the truth and set the record straight. He told the jury in no uncertain terms that he never took any bribe and considered the company to be his family.
Fortunately, for our hard-working client, the jury did the right thing, and awarded him $15 million in damages.