2nd Circ. Says IBM Didn't Do 'Benched' Executive Any Favors

By Pete Brush (September 8, 2015, 6:51 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Tuesday flatly rejected IBM Corp.'s suggestion that a move to put plaintiff James Castelluccio "on the bench" for months before firing him was to his benefit, but the court also questioned whether $500,000 for emotional harm was proper as part of a $3.7 million jury award for age discrimination against the former vice president.

IBM encountered clear skepticism from Judges Gerard E. Lynch and Susan L. Carney as it sought to unwind a January 2014 jury verdict — and subsequent $3.7 million award that included nearly $1 million in legal fees — in favor of the 40-year...

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