Six employees of the Passaic County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office will apparently keep $3 million in damages awarded to them by a jury in their age discrimination case. The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to hear the County’s appeal.
The employees claimed that their 2008 dismissals, allegedly part of a cost-saving measure, were motivated by age.
In July 2012, a jury awarded the former employees nearly $3 million in compensatory damages for past and future lost wages. The jury also awarded another $1.05 million in punitive damages, averaging $175,000 for each party, but that award was later cut to $50,000 per person.
Passaic county had appealed, claiming, among other things, that the jury verdict was against the weight of the evidence, and that the judge provided incorrect jury charges.
The Appellate Division Judges had upheld the judgment. The county thereafter attempted to appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
For further details about the case, see justices wont review 3m verdict against county prosecutor.
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