A federal jury on Tuesday awarded more than $6.2 million in an age discrimination suit brought by two scientists who said they were fired from their jobs at a Pennsylvania chemical manufacturing firm when the company targeted only older workers in layoffs in 2005. Significantly, the jury concluded that PQ Corp.'s age discrimination was "willful" -- a finding that leads to an automatic doubling of each plaintiff's back pay award. The jury also awarded hefty compensatory damages for the emotional damage they suffered.
2 Scientists Get $6.2 Million Award in Age Discrimination Suit
The Legal Intelligencer
November 12, 2009