Avoiding Charges Of Workers' Comp Retaliation

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 1:54 PM EST) -- In October 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a jury's decision that a package delivery company had retaliated against one of its workers for filing a workers' compensation claim.

Fortunately for the company, the court reduced the jury's $2 million verdict to about $630,000. In July, an Illinois jury awarded a workers' compensation retaliation plaintiff $4.2 million, including $3.6 million in punitive damages.

Reviewing news reports about these verdicts suggests punitive damages are normally awarded when a jury finds for the...
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