USA: Jury awards ex-employee $51.5 million in age discrimination lawsuit against Lockheed Martin

Author: Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal (USA), Published on: 30 January 2017

"Jury Awards $51.5M in Lockheed Martin Age Discrimination Suit", 27 Jan 2017

A federal jury in Camden has issued a verdict that would require Lockheed Martin Corp. to pay $51.5 million, including $50 million in punitive damages, in an age discrimination suit by an engineer, according to court records.  The suit claimed Lockheed Martin had a practice of laying off older employees while hiring younger workers for the same position.  Plaintiff Robert Braden...filed suit after he was included in a reduction in force at the facility in July 2012, when he was 66.  Out of 110 employees at the Moorestown plant with that title, five were laid off, including Braden.  All five were over the age of 50...[T]he company used no objective measurements to choose which workers were chosen for layoffs, his suit claimed...Lockheed Martin, for its part, maintained that its employment decisions were made for legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasons.  The verdict was awarded Thursday, following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Renee Bumb.  Braden was awarded $520,000 in back pay under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which was doubled on a finding that the company's violation was willful, and another $520,000 in compensation for emotional distress...

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