The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has reduced the emotional distress damages awarded by a Massachusetts jury for a victim of retaliatory termination from $1 million to $200,000 after the Court failed to find a sufficient basis for the jury award.
Lawrence Trainor, 59, was a senior vice president at HEI Hospitality when he was asked to relocate due to company restructuring. Trainor believed that he was the victim of age discrimination. He filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on January 2, 2012. Just three hours after filing the complaint, Trainor was fired from the company.
Trainor filed suit for employer age discrimination and unlawful retaliation. He was eventually awarded $1 million in emotional distress damages after a jury trial. The First Circuit Court, however, found that the $1 million award was “grossly excessive” and recently ruled that Trainor could not receive more than $200,000.
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