Case Will Test Limits Of Punitive Sex-Bias Costs

In less than three months, the Supreme Court will issue a landmark ruling in a case that will clarify the parameters for when punitive damages can be awarded in sex-bias and other employment discrimination cases. The case involves a woman who successfully won back pay in the lower courts by arguing that she was passed over for a key lobbying position at the American Dental Assn. because she was female. Under an amendment in 1991 to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, punitive damages of up to $300,000 can be awarded when a discriminated employee can show "malice" or "reckless indifference" on the part of the employers. Those parameters are considered legally vague. Oral arguments in the case were heard earlier this month.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish