USA: Jury orders American Family Insurance to pay $20 million in lawsuit over sex & age discrimination
Author: Insurance Journal (USA), Published on: 16 December 2016
"Jury: American Family Must Pay $20M in Missouri Age, Sex Discrimination Case", 14 Dec 2016
A Missouri woman who sued American Family Insurance for retaliation and age and sex discrimination has been awarded $20 million in punitive damages. Deborah Miller, 60, of Blue Springs, also was awarded $450,000 in actual damages by a Jackson County jury, The Kansas City Star reported. She was removed from her manager position in a corporate restructuring but continues to be a company agent. Ken Muth, a spokesman for American Family...said that the company strongly disagrees with the verdict...Miller’s attorneys said they believed the jury agreed that Miller was targeted as part of a corporate effort to replace older workers with younger hires...Testimony in the case indicated Miller was an award-winning sales manager who produced similar or better results than her peers who were younger and mostly men...