A defense lawyer’s “professional discourtesy” while litigating an employment discrimination suit warrants a 40% enhancement of the legal fee awarded to the plaintiff’s lawyer, a federal judge in Camden, New Jersey, ruled.

The $939,148 in fees awarded to Console Mattiacci of Moorestown, New Jersey, in a human resources director’s suit against Ingerman Management Co. and CEO Brad Ingerman rose to more than $1.3 million based on the order by U.S. District Judge Christine O’Hearn.

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