Ex-Airline Worker’s $1M Gay Bias Award Upheld In Maine

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 5:54 PM EST) -- Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a $1 million jury verdict against Continental Airlines Inc. partner ExpressJet Airlines Inc., saying sufficient evidence existed indicating the airline discriminated against a former gay employee.

The state high court affirmed a Cumberland County Superior Court jury verdict in favor of Edward Russell, who claimed ExpressJet had violated Maine’s Human Rights Act by denying him the opportunity for promotion because of his openly gay sexual orientation. 

ExpressJet’s argument that Russell’s case rested on his subjective “sense of discouragement” was...
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