A recent case upheld a $417,955 jury verdict award in a sex discrimination
retaliation case. In
Lore v. Syracuse, a female police officer – Therese Lore – filed a sex discrimination
case claim after she had replaced in her position as a Public Information
Officer with the City of Syracuse.
Federal law provides that a sex discrimination claim may be filed where
you have been discriminated against “because of” your gender.
This means your gender must not play a role in any employment action decision
including hiring, firing, promotions, transfers, pay and disciplinary
actions. Additionally, in order to protect those who have been discriminated
against and to promote fairness in the work place, federal law also prohibits
retaliation by employers against employees who file discrimination complaints.
If you have questions concerning employment discrimination or gender discrimination,
Georgia discrimination lawyer can help provide valuable answers and counsel you concerning your next steps.
Here, the police chief told Lore she was transferred because “women
should be seen and not heard” and that she had too much influence.
She was placed in a less desirable job. After filing a grievance she was
assigned to a new post, but then continued to receive fewer assignments
than other sergeants in the division, and received less overtime pay.
Lore subsequently filed a discrimination complaint as well as a claim
As evidence that she was receiving less overtime pay than other, Lore
copied pay stubs. Shortly thereafter, the attorney for the police department
informed news media that she had been suspended for copying checks and
her claims were meant to divert attention from her “poor job performance.”
At trial a jury found in favor of Lore and awarded her damages that included
$100,000 for damage to her reputation. The appellate court upheld the
retaliation verdict finding that the negative comments to the press constituted
an “adverse employment action” within the definition of “retaliation.”
Retaliatory actions can take many forms. If you believe you have been retaliated
against for complaining about discrimination, it is important to speak
up. Federal law prohibits your employer from taking any negative action
against you for filing a claim of discrimination.
For more information or if you believe you have been subjected to employment
discrimination or have suffered retaliation as the result, please contact
Georgia retaliation lawyer immediately at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC to protect your rights.