Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stupid Lawsuit and Jury Of The Year

The year is almost over and it is a good time to think about the stupid lawsuits of the year.
If this lawsuit isn't the worst,  it certainly is in the top 3.
From NJ.com: A former Trenton firefighter has been awarded $750,000 following a civil trial stemming from the lawsuit he filed against the fire department alleging he was retaliated against after complaining about a racial slur he overheard.
Jesse Diaz alleged a fellow firefighter was talking on the phone in 2012 when he made the slur. When Diaz made his concerns known to superiors, he was harassed and forced into retirement, according to the lawsuit.
Diaz contended that he initially complained to his captain about the slur, but was told the issue would be handled "in house." Unsatisfied with that response, Diaz reported the incident to Trenton fire chiefs, the suit said.
After he made the report, Diaz faced retaliation. He was given "low man" tasks - like cleaning for hours on end, despite being a senior firefighter. He eventually retired in 2014, the suit said...
Diaz was awarded a total of $500,000 for the emotional distress and an additional $250,000 in punitive damages, the jury ruled.  http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/09/former_trenton_firefighter_awarded_750k_in_suit_ag.html
I'm sorry, if he heard the "n" word at the fire station, he is owed an apology.
Instead being a man and deal with person who supposedly said the slur, he acted like a 3 year old.  And the fact he had to cleaning, oh the horrors.
And the jurors are just as guilty as they gave this loser $750,000.  They probably don't have much more than 10 brain cells among them.
My guess is this award will be overturned by a court with more common sense. 

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