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Management Buzz 11/01 The case against employers winning discrimination lawsuits and how to rally your employees after a layoff

By Chris Sandlund

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Pray that an employee doesn't drag you into court for adiscrimination lawsuit. Should you lose, the recent Supreme Courtruling in Pollard v. E.I. Dupont means you'll be payingmore.

In the case, an E.I. Dupont employee sued the company fordiscrimination after it fired her. She had refused to rejoin thecompany after taking medical leave for psychological help aftersuffering sexual harassment on the job. The jury awarded her thelegal maximum amount of compensation for lost wages: $300,000.Pollard's attorneys argued that the cap on lost wages did notcover "front pay"-income lost from the time shedidn't rejoin Dupont until she found a comparable job. TheSupreme Court agreed with Pollard.

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