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Employer must pay $325K for canceling fired employee’s health insurance early - Labor and Employment Law News

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Posted on: Jan 5, 2017

According to Wolters Kluwer, an employer must pay $325,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for retroactively canceling a fired sales manager’s last month of healthcare coverage while his wife was receiving cancer treatments, held the Eleventh Circuit in an unpublished decision, upholding a jury verdict. The evidence at trial supported a finding that the company canceled his insurance to retaliate against him for filing an EEOC charge alleging age and gender discrimination. While the company brought a Batson challenge to the jury selection process, it was unable to show that the employee improperly used peremptory strikes to remove white males from the venire panel (Virciglio v. Work Train Staffing LLC, December 30, 2016, Carnes, J.).

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