A Los Angeles County jury has awarded nearly $21 million to a former United Parcel Service manager who was fired for allegedly falsifying a worker's time sheet by deducting one minute from his shift. The plaintiff proved to a jury that the real reason he was terminated was his opposition to UPS' alleged practice of overcharging its customers who are shipping odd-sized packages. The trial lasted for 3 weeks, which to my mind is quite a long trial for a single plaintiff wrongful termination trial. $20 million of the verdict was for punitive damages and will almost certainly be reduced on appeal or through settlement.
Link to the LA Times Story.
Link to Plaintiff's Attorney's Website. (Assuming I found the correct David Wiechert, he does not appear to hold himself out as an employment law specialist. Maybe he should.)No link to Defendant's Website. They were successful in going unnamed in the article I saw. Sexual Harassment, Pregnancy Discrimination, Age Discrimination, San Antonio, Employment Lawyer