Jury Awards Wrongfully Terminated Worker $167 Million

A Sacramento jury awarded a plaintiff $167 million in a wrongful termination civil trial recently, according to The Sacramento Bee. Ani Chopourian, 45, was a physician’s assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. She claims she was harassed and ultimately terminated from August 2006 to August 2008. She claims she was subjected to sexual harassment and unwelcome sexual advances. She says the pattern of inappropriate behavior worsened in 2008 after she repeated complaints about the sexual harassment.

Mercy General Hospital terminated Chopourian for failing to show up for a shift. She claims she was on call that day but never notified she needed to report to the hospital. The hospital also denied her unemployment when she filed.

The jury awarded Chopourian $42.7 million in lost wages, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, damage to reputation and humiliation on top of $125 million in punitive damages. Mercy President Denny Powell plans to appeal the decision.

“We are committed to providing a safe working environment, free from sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior,” said Powell. “We stand by the actions we took in ending our relationship with this former employee.”

We hope that nothing like this occurs in the future at Mercy General Hospital.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment attorneys

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