Diane Mokriski and Rob Flynn recently won a defense verdict for their client, a Connecticut restaurant, following a jury trial before the Honorable Vanessa Bryant in the U.S. District Court in Hartford. The plaintiff claimed that she had been wrongfully terminated in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII’s prohibition of gender discrimination. She claimed over $300,000.00 in damages for back pay and benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Attorneys Mokriski and Flynn prevailed on all counts.
At the trial, the plaintiff testified that, during a private, undocumented discussion, the restaurant owner fired her because of her physical disability, her age, and her gender. OAM successfully proved to the jury, through the testimony of multiple witnesses and through direct and circumstantial evidence, that the defendant voluntarily ended her employment, and that the restaurant did not discriminate against the plaintiff or any of its employees. Attorneys Flynn and Mokriski secured a dismissal of the age and gender discrimination claims after the plaintiff rested her case. Following presentation of the defense case and closing argument, the jury returned a verdict for the restaurant owner on the two remaining disability discrimination claims.