Proof Of Title VII Ignorance Needed To Nix Punitives: 8th Circ.

Law360, New York (February 28, 2012, 8:46 PM EST) -- The Eighth Circuit said Tuesday that defendants in Title VII race discrimination cases must prove they were ignorant of federal law to justify vacating punitive damages awards, adopting the approach of the Third Circuit in a white woman's discrimination suit against an Arkansas school district.

A three-judge panel issued a published opinion reversing a district court's decision to set aside constructive discharge and punitive damages verdicts in favor of Sharon Sanders, who brought race discrimination and constructive discharge claims under Title VII against Lee County School...
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