Month: March 2015

What are punitive damages? Pt. 2

He also asked the jury for punitive damages. Before the jury deliberated on that question, the Diocese settled the case for $4 million. The forewoman of the jury commented to the press that they should have let the jury decide the issue, as the jury would not have...

What are punitive damages? Pt. 1

While damage awards court cases often receive headlines, they are often misunderstood, sometimes even by those how participate in the trial itself. In American legal cases, there are typically two forms of damages paid for an injury.Compensatory damages are designed...

More honored in the breach…

There is a great deal of illegal discrimination that occurs in the workplace. Some is inadvertent; some businesses fail to grasp the mandatory nature of the federal civil rights and employment laws, either because they do not believe they apply or because do not...

A whole lotta Johns

Sex discrimination was prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But as we noted last time, discussing Patricia Arquette's Oscar acceptance speech and the topic of equal pay for women, the issue is complex, and that is one reason that even with all of the...

Equal pay for moms?

Some people were put off by Patricia Arquette's Oscar acceptance speech. Some felt was insufficiently inclusive, while others were unhappy that a women who is a Hollywood actor, and earns many times per hour what most American workers earn in a week or even month, was...

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