Employer Takeaways From Abbott's $4.25M Age-Bias Verdict

Law360, New York (November 23, 2016, 11:30 AM EST) -- A $4.25 million jury award in a single-plaintiff discrimination case is pretty eye-opening. Abbott Laboratories was on the losing end of that verdict in an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. What caused a federal court jury to award such a large amount in damages? Here is a look at the facts, followed by tips on how to avoid such liability when dealing with older employees.

Long-Time Employee Seemed Successful

Hired by Abbott Laboratories in 1984 at age 24, Luz Gonzalez-Bermudez began her career as a pharmaceutical representative. By 2009, Gonzalez was promoted to a national sales manager position for Abbott’s nutrition division....

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