A Texas jury hit cosmetics giant Mary Kay Inc. with an $11.2 million verdict, including $10 million in punitive damages, for firing a sales manager disabled by cancer, who, the company said, was not an employee but an independent contractor. Plaintiff's counsel Angela Alioto said the judgment is the first of its type in the U.S. and is a significant step toward extending some workplace legal rights to sales contractors.
Fired Mary Kay Worker Wins Job Suit
The National Law Journal
December 12, 2002