The state’s largest single plaintiff discrimination verdict for sexual orientation.
The largest employee discrimination verdict for a single plaintiff in the state of New Jersey, the more than $22.6 million settlement included $15 million for punitive damages awarded by the jury. The case involved a trucking company employee who, because he was gay, suffered intolerable discrimination and extreme abuse in the workplace. He was verbally and physically abused due to his sexual orientation. The plaintiff suffered psychological injuries including severe emotional distress because he was continually subjected to anti-gay slurs and physical abuse. The jury found the company liable under Law Against Discrimination and common-law claims. Driving home the point that discriminating against an employee for sexual orientation is prohibited by law. (Attorney Greg Noble handled the case.)