On Appeal, Wash U. Defeats Jury Award In Disability Bias Suit

Law360 (November 14, 2018, 8:29 PM EST) -- A Missouri appeals court reversed a former Washington University employee's win in her suit alleging that she was fired in retaliation for requesting a disability accommodation, ruling that the jury that awarded her $769,000 hadn't been properly instructed.

In its Tuesday opinion, the three-judge panel unanimously reversed the lower court's judgment granting Dr. Li Lin $269,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages after a jury trial on her retaliation claim under the Missouri Human Rights Act, remanding the case back to the lower court. The jury had found in favor of Lin and against the university but had exonerated...

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