A divided federal appeals court has rejected the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s bid to reinstate a jury’s $275,000 punitive damages award against a logistics company for unlawfully denying a female employee a promotion.
In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday the evidence against Exel Inc, which DHL Supply Chain Inc acquired in 2016, did not meet the circuit’s “higher management standard” for punitive damages. That standard turns on whether the discriminatory actions were either taken by somebody high in the corporate hierarchy or approved of by higher management.
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