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KM&M Client Prevails in Jury Trial in Ten Year Old Employment Discrimination Case

May 31, 2007

A federal court jury in the Southern District of New York ruled on May 15 in favor of KM&M client Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, ending a 10-year employment discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee.

The plaintiff was a female African-American retail sales representative who worked in a kiosk located on the concourse level of the World Trade Center in New York City. She was discharged in October 1997, after ten months of employment, as a result of her overall record of poor attendance, poor sales, and improper sales practices, as well as an incident involving a threat made against the plaintiff’s manager by her friend.

The plaintiff alleged that she was subject to sexual and racial harassment, including inappropriate touching, that created a hostile work environment, and that the Company retaliated against her after she complained to managers and filed a claim of discrimination with the New York City Human Rights Commission. The jury heard evidence for ten days but deliberated for less than three hours before delivering its verdict rejecting all of the plaintiff’s claims.

This case proves that Verizon Wireless will defend itself and its employees against baseless charges, regardless of the commitment of time and energy and significant cost of taking a case to trial. KM&M is especially grateful for the cooperation of the numerous Verizon Wireless employees involved in the case whose professionalism, boundless energy, and commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity made this favorable result possible.