We previously reported that the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) secured a verdict of $240 million in its lawsuit against Hill Country Farms last week. Read our previous blog post here.
The EEOC trumpeted the verdict in a post-trial press release, but did not reveal the fact that the verdict would be reduced due to the caps in the applicable law at issue in the case. We noted that the verdict would be reduced due to statutory damages caps applicable to claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). On May 14, 2013, the Court did just that and entered an order reducing the jury award for all thirty two claimants to $1.6 million. The Court’s May 14 Order, in addition to its previous award of back wages in the amount of $1.3 million, drastically reduces the total recovery in this case to $2.9 million. In the same order, the Court set the case for a further hearing on June 10, 2013 to address the EEOC’s request for injunctive relief.
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