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A Delaware federal judge has ordered a new trial in the case of a woman who was awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages for claims that she had been demoted for using a breast pump at work.

U.S. District Judge Colm F. Connolly of the District of Delaware blamed attorneys for plaintiff Autumn Lampkins for conflating separate claims of disparate treatment and hostile work environment in a way that “undoubtedly confused the jury.” Attorneys for defendant Mitra QSR KNE, which operates Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Delaware, had contributed to the confusion by largely going along with the gambit until it was too late, he said.

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Tom McParland

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