Eighth Circuit reverses district court and finds constructive discharge in race discrimination case
By Ashwin Madia, Attorney, on February 28, 2012
Posted in Compensatory Damages, Eighth Circuit, Evidence, Hostile Work Environment, Lost Wages - Back and Front Pay Damages, Punitive Damages, Race Discrimination, Title VII, Wrongful Termination
Sanders v. Lee County School District, No. 10-3240 (8th Cir. 2012). An Arkansas jury found in favor of plaintiff Sharon Sanders on her Title VII claims of race discrimination and constructive discharge. The jury awarded $10,000 in compensatory damages for race discrimination, $60,825 in back and front pay damages for her constructive discharge, and $8,000 in punitive damages. After the verdict, the district court judge granted the School District’s motion under Rule 50 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to set aside the jury’s verdicts on constructive discharge and punitive damages. Sanders appealed the district court’s vacation of the jury’s verdicts to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals – the Eighth Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling and reinstated the jury’s findings.