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4 Notable Workplace Bias Verdicts from 2023’s First Half

Law360 Employment Authority

An $11.25 million verdict awarded in May to a Black personal training manager who accused Equinox of failing to stop racist and sexist misbehavior was the latest headline-grabbing trial result so far this year in employment discrimination cases.

Here's a look at a quartet of verdicts from the past six months that caught lawyers' attention.


Deep Cut in Blockbuster Tesla Verdict


Caitlin Sanders, a partner in Blank Rome LLP's labor and employment practice group who represents employers, said employment lawyers should take heed of this case because the wide gap between the two verdicts exemplifies the uncertainty of going to trial.

"The second Tesla verdict can be looked at as a 'win' for California employers and a cautionary tale for employees," Sanders said. "In my view, the disparity between the first verdict and the second verdict showcases the unpredictability of California juries that practitioners will surely consider in the future."

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"4 Notable Workplace Bias Verdicts from 2023’s First Half," by Anne Cullen was published in Law360 Employment Authority on June 7, 2023.