Why The 'Onionhead' Verdict May Make Employers Cry
By Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz June 5, 2018, 11:49 AM EDT
Law360 (June 5, 2018, 11:49 AM EDT) -- In a case we have been monitoring for quite some time, a jury in Brooklyn recently returned a verdict of $5.1 million against employers United Health Programs, or UHP, and its parent company Cost Containment Group, or CCG, finding that CCG’s insistence that its employees follow a practice called “Onionhead” amounted to religious discrimination. After a three-week trial, the federal jury concluded in late April that the company violated federal law.
Both the earlier summary judgment decision and verdict are illuminating for employers as to how...