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United Parcel Service, Inc.
Fischer v. UPS (Retaliation)
Date: 02/01/2005 (Date of Complaint)
Misconduct Type: Labor
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: Kevin Fischer sued his former employer, UPS, accusing it of firing him in retaliation for filing a race discrimination lawsuit against the company. A jury returned a verdict in Fischer’s favor, awarding him $2.1 million in back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages. The trial court first reduced the $1.3 million punitive damages award to $300,000 to comply with the cap under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, then, after hearing post-trial motions, vacated it. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded with instructions to reinstate the jury’s punitive damages award, subject to the $300,000 statutory cap.