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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that punitive damages are inappropriate and unwarranted in cases where an employer makes “sufficient good faith efforts” in addressing and reconciling an employee’s claim for harassment. Dominic v. DeVilbiss Air Power Co., No. 06-3236 (8th Cir. 2007). Specifically, the court stated, “When an employer promptly and conscientiously responds to complaints of harassment or discrimination with good faith efforts, punitive damages are not warranted.” The court relied on Kolstad v. American Dental Ass’n, 527 U.S. 526 (1999), an earlier U.S. Supreme Court decision. Employers across the country should take note of this decision and its implications.

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