A California appellate court has upheld a $16 million verdict in favor of a former Staples manager who alleged wrongful termination based on age discrimination.
In Nickel v. Staples, plaintiff was 64-years-old when he was fired in 2011 by the national chain. He alleged the termination was in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A state court jury agreed, awarding $3 million in compensatory damages and $22.8 million in punitive damages (which was later reduced to $13 million by the judge).
Now, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three, has affirmed that verdict, over the protests of the defendant. Continue Reading ›