Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Saturday, October 26, 2013

9th Circuit Reduces Punitive Damages in Sexual Harassment Case with Nominal Damages

Week after week, as I peruse the court blotters of decided cases on gender, the vast majority are sex discrimination cases in employment.  Some are equal pay, some promotion and work conditions, and others are sexual harassment.  These cases are still the bread and butter of legal challenges to gender social roles. 

This week's pick is Arizona v. ASARCO.  The USCOA for the 9th Circuit reduced a jury award of $850,000 initially given to a plaintiff along with $1 in nominal damages.  Go here for more on the legal question of awarding punitives with nominal damages.

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