A jury in North Carolina has awarded $450,000 to a woman who says she was wrongly fired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s Fayetteville plant. The Plaintiff, Lashanda Shaw, was awarded the money in compensatory damages following a five-week trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Jurors unanimously decided on the compensatory damages, but voted not to award punitive damages.
The jurors found that Ms. Shaw was not discriminated against because of her race or sex, but determined that she was fired for making a complaint of discrimination. The jury also decided that the firing caused her severe emotional distress. Ms. Shaw filed the lawsuit against Goodyear and a night supervisor, Doug Swain, in 2009. According to the complaint, Ms. Shaw was hired by Goodyear in September 2007 as an area manager and was fired in August 2009. Ms. Shaw was the only African American area manager in her part of the plant, and her supervisor routinely harassed her during her employment. She was fired after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
On numerous occasions Ms. Shaw had complained of harassment and discrimination. There is no place in the workplace anywhere in the U.S. for harassment, discrimination and relation. A zero-tolerance policy in regards to complaints by employees should be the rule. Harvey Kennedy, who is with Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy and Kennedy, a firm located in Winston-Salem, represented Ms. Shaw and did a very good job.
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