October 6, 2010

L.A. jury awards $4.8 million in punitive damages against Rite Aid in employment suit

The Beverly Hills Courier is reporting that a Los Angeles jury has awarded $3.5 million in compensatory damages and $4.8 million in punitive damages against drug store chain Rite Aid.  The plaintiff, a former Rite Aid employee, claimed that Rite Aid discriminated against her based on disability (psychiatric illness) and retaliated against her for complaining that a manager sexually harassed her.  This is the largest California punitive damages award we've heard about in several months.