The Scoop On LA Times Employment Decision

Law360, New York (November 9, 2015, 10:25 AM EST) -- On Nov. 4, 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers $7.13 million after finding that the newspaper had discriminated against him on the basis of his age and disability. In contrast to other recent prominent but ultimately unsuccessful employment cases, the Simers verdict serves as a powerful reminder that juries will hold employers accountable for discrimination, often with sizeable awards of damages.

Simers was a prominent sports journalist known for landing major interviews with big sports stars, and he had spent more than two decades with the L.A. Times. In March 2013,...

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