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CONSOLE MATTIACCI LAW, LLC WINS $51.56 MILLION AGE DISCRIMINATION VERDICT AGAINST LOCKHEED MARTIN
In the evening hours on January 26, 2017, after a four day trial, a federal jury in Camden, New Jersey rendered an age discrimination verdict in favor of Robert Braden and against Lockheed Martin in the amount of $51,560,000. The verdict included a punitive damages award pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in the amount of $50,000,000. Plaintiff's trial counsel were Rahul Munshi and Emily R. Derstine Friesen of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. The verdict is one of the largest ever obtained by an individual plaintiff in an age discrimination case. At the time of his layoff, Mr. Braden was 66 years old, and had worked at Lockheed Martin for approximately 29 years.
The case involved a reduction in force which Mr. Braden claimed was an effort by Lockheed Martin to target older workers in a scheme to lay them off and replace them with younger workers. The jury of eight unanimously agreed, awarding Mr. Braden all of the economic loss he sought ($520,000), concluding that the action was willful (which adds liquidated damages of $520,000, pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act), and further awarding Mr. Braden pain and suffering damages of $520,000. The jury later concluded that Lockheed Martin was subject to punitive damages in the amount of $50,000,000. Stephen G. Console, a founding partner of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, commented about the verdict: “The jury sent a loud and clear message to corporate America: no company is too big to follow the civil rights laws of this amazing country of ours. This is a verdict that should make every employee in this country proud and happy.”
CONSOLE MATTIACCI LAW, LLC WINS FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICT AGAINST GOLDEN NUGGET
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC won a jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Mike Jackson, in a disability discrimination and retaliation case against the casino, Golden Nugget of Atlantic City. Mr. Jackson was represented by lead trial counsel, Laura C. Mattiacci and was assisted by Lane J. Schiff, both of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. The verdict was rendered on December 13, 2016, after a six day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez. The jury found that Mr. Jackson’s disability was a determinative factor in Golden Nugget’s decision not to hire him. They also found that his request for an accommodation and/or alleged complaint regarding the failure to accommodate him was a determinative factor in Golden Nugget’s decision not to hire him. The jury was asked only to assess “compensatory damages” (compensation for pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life) as a result of the failure to hire and returned a unanimous verdict of $340,000. Mr. Jackson, who made approximately $48,000 a year, also has back-pay losses of approximately $170,000 as well as front-pay losses, the award of which will be determined by the Judge. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be submitted, which Mr. Jackson’s counsel believes should bring the final award to approximately $1 million. Read more about the case by clicking here.
CONSOLE MATTIACCI LAW, LLC'S FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICT AGAINST AT&T AFFIRMED ON APPEAL.
On December 20, 2016, Judge Schmehl of the United States District Court for the Eastern DIstrict of Pennsylvania denied the appeal of AT&T to overturn the verdict rendered last January. Console Mattiacci Law, LLC had won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Jack Gerundo, in an age discrimination case against AT&T. Mr. Gerundo, age 66 at the time, alleged that he was terminated by AT&T in connection with a “surplus” event that occurred in March of 2013, which resulted in many older employees losing their jobs. The jury found that Mr. Gerundo’s age was the determinative factor in AT&T’s decision to “surplus” him, which resulted in the loss of his job, and awarded him $370,000 in damages. Laura C. Mattiacci, the lead trial attorney for Mr. Gerundo, said that it took a tremendous amount of time and work to uncover the details of the discriminatory decision-making process at AT&T and believes the final judgment in the case should exceed $900,000 after the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred are accessed. Read more about the case by clicking here.
In denying AT&T's appeal, the Judge recognized the work done during trial to establish bias by the defendant and to discredit the decision-maker. The Court's opinion read in part: "Roth was impeached several times by plaintiff’s counsel, including a particularly effective video impeachment concerning the reason why Roth would simply not keep plaintiff on the Fiserv account since he was doing a good job... Having witnessed Roth’s demeanor on the stand, the jury apparently did not credit Roth’s trial testimony that she was not the relevant decision maker... When viewed cumulatively, ample evidence existed in the record from which the jury could either "disbelieve the defendants' articulated legitimate reasons or believe that an invidious discriminatory reason was more likely than not a motivating or determinative cause of the employer's action."
IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE OF AT&T AND HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF YOUR AGE, CONTACT US TODAY.
On January 11, 2016, we won an AGE discrimination VERDICT against AT&T in federal court. For details, see below:
[$Firm]] won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Jack Gerundo, in an age discrimination case against AT&T. Mr. Gerundo, age 66 at the time, alleged that he was terminated by AT&T in connection with a “surplus” event that occurred in March of 2013, which resulted in many older employees losing their jobs. The jury found that Mr. Gerundo’s age was the determinative factor in AT&T’s decision to “surplus” him, whichresulted in the loss of his job, and awarded him $370,000 in damages. Laura C. Mattiacci the lead trial attorney for Mr. Gerdundo, said that it took a tremendous amount of time and work to uncover the details of the discriminatory decision-making process at AT&T and beleives the final judgment in the case should be in excess of $1 million after the attorney's fees and costs incurred are accessed. Read more about the case here.
THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULES IN FAVOR OF Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, REVERSING THE TRIAL COURT'S DISMISSAL OF A RACE DISCRIMINATION CLAIM AND SENDING THE CASE TO A JURY TRIAL.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC' clients, two African-American business owners who operated an Avis location. The Court reversed the dismissal of a race discrimination case, in an opinion authored by Judge Restrepo. The Court ruled that there were genuine issues of material fact in dispute concerning Avis' stated reason for terminating the contract of the African-American owners represented by Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. As a result, the dismissal was reversed and the race discrimination case is heading back to the trial court for a jury trial. The appeal was argued by CLO Attorney, Rahul Munshi. You can read the full opinion here.
Two Attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Named to List of “Top 100” Attorneys in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine
Stephen G. Console, Esquire and Laura Carlin Mattiacci, Esquire of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC have been named to the list of “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” and to the list of “Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine and SuperLawyers.
Ms. Mattiacci is one of eleven women named to the list of “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” and one of ten women named to the list of “Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia.” She was also named to the list of “Top 50 Female Lawyers” in Pennsylvania. In addition, three attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC were named to the “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” list: Caren N. Gurmankin, Esquire, and Rahul Munshi,Esquire.
The attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC represent current, former and prospective employees throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York in matters relating to their employment. We are driven to be the top lawyers in this area by taking a personal approach and providing a tireless effort on behalf of every client. We fight tenaciously to obtain the best possible results for every client.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York employees have a number of legally protected rights. The laws of the federal government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the state of New Jersey, the state of New York, local laws in Philadelphia and other jurisdictions protect against many types of improper conduct by employers, including discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, color, disability, and age. Certain laws provide further protection from sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual orientation discrimination.
In addition, the laws provide employees with rights concerning medical and maternity leave, whistleblower protection and fair wage and hour practices. These laws also provide important mandates, stating that an employer cannot retaliate against an employee who makes a complaint of discrimination, harassment, illegal conduct or wage law violations.
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If you are seeking justice for violations of your rights in your workplace, having experienced legal counsel on your side can make a tremendous difference in the results of your case. Demanding your legal rights from an employer can be an intimidating process, but a skilled attorney on your side can give you confidence in the process ahead.
Our clients come from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including but not limited to Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County, Ocean County and Cape May County. Console Mattiacci Law, LLC also represents clients throughout the state of New York.
The lawyers at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC have been recently honored with the following awards:
- Stephen G. Console
- "Top 100 Lawyers in
Pennsylvania" (2015 & 2016)
- "Philadelphia’s Best Lawyer
– Employment Law" (2012)
- "Top 100 Lawyers
in Philadelphia" (2015)
- "Super Lawyer" by
Philadelphia Magazine (2004-2016)
- "Top 100 Lawyers in
- Laura C. Mattiacci
- "Top 100 Lawyers in
- "Top 100 Lawyers
in Philadelphia" (2015)
- "Top 50 Female Lawyers in
Pennsylvania" (2014, 2015, & 2016)
- “Top Attorney" by
South Jersey Magazine (2014)
- "Super Lawyer" by
Philadelphia Magazine (2015)
- "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by
The Legal Intelligencer (2011)
- "Top 100 Lawyers in
- Caren Gurmankin
- "Rising Stars" by Philadelphia Magazine (2014 & 2016)
- Rahul Munshi
- "Rising Stars" by Philadelphia Magazine (2014 & 2016)
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC is an employment rights law firm that passionately defends hard-working employees. Our attorneys practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, representing current and former employees, as well as applicants for employment, in various employment related matters.
RECENT FIRM NEWS
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Wins Age Discrimination Case Against AT&T
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Jack Gerundo, in an age discrimination case against AT&T. Mr. Gerundo, age 66 at the time, alleged that he was terminated by AT&T in connection with a “surplus” event that occurred in March of 2013, which resulted in many older employees losing their jobs. The jury found that Mr. Gerundo’s age was the determinative factor in AT&T’s decision to “surplus” him, which resulted in the loss of his job, and awarded him $370,000 in damages. Laura C. Mattiacci, the lead trial attorney for Mr. Gerundo, said that it took a tremendous amount of time and work to uncover the details of the discriminatory decision-making process at AT&T and believes the final judgment in the case should exceed $900,000 after the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred are accessed. Read more about the case by clicking here.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Obtains $9.5 Million Settlement On Behalf Of Retired Workers
On October 23, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani approved a $9.5 million class settlement of a decade-long dispute between former Owens-Illinois (O-I ) employees and the company. Carol Mager and Susan Saint-Antoine of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, and Sidney Gold of Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. respectively represented 100 long-service terminated employees who were denied subsidized retirement benefits when the business they worked for was sold by O-I. In 2010 the case was certified as a class action and had proceeded through full pre-trial discovery. The settlement provides a lump sum tax-deferred payment to each of the 100 class members from the pension plan, in addition to the regular retirement benefit. It also represents the successful conclusion of seven years of hard-fought litigation over the entitlement to the special retirement benefits.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Wins Motion On Behalf of Teachers In An Age Discrimination Lawsuit
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC represents four long service, recently fired teachers in an age discrimination suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese filed a motion to have the case thrown out of court, arguing that it was exempt from the civil rights laws, but Console Mattiacci Law, LLC defeated the motion and the case is proceeding. Click here for more details.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Files Suit on Behalf of Medicare Fraud Whistleblower
A twenty-six-year employee of Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania complained of medicare fraud and billing irregularities to her superiors and was shortly thereafter fired. Read the full Federal Court Complaint filed on her behalf by Console Mattiacci Law, LLC here. Read more about the case by clicking here or here.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Won the Largest Employment Law Verdict in Pennsylvania in 2013!
The Legal Intelligencer reports that the verdict $1.678 million (plus attorneys' fees and costs) obtained by Console Mattiacci Law, LLC's lead trial counsel Laura Carlin Mattiacci, assisted by Rahul Munshi, on behalf of a whistleblower, was the largest employment law verdict in Pennsylvania in 2013. If you believe your employer is engaging in wrongful or illegal conduct, contact Console Mattiacci Law, LLC today for a full and thorough explanation of your rights.
- Stephen G. Console Principal Attorney
- Laura Carlin Mattiacci Partner Attorney
- Susan M. Saint-AntoinePartner Attorney
- Caren N. Gurmankin Attorney
- Rahul Munshi Attorney
- Kevin Console Attorney
- Lane Schiff Attorney
- Kate Oeltjen Attorney
- Emily Derstine Friesen Attorney
- Brian C. Farrell Attorney
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Obtains Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement and Approving Notice to the Class in Sessions v Owens Illinois Class Action
Protecting the Rights of Employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York
Federal, state and local laws protect employees against various forms of discrimination based on a variety of different factors, including gender, race, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, whether or not the person has a real or perceived disability and if the employee is pregnant.
Discrimination can include harassment. If a worker has been sexually harassed at work from unwelcome advances or crude comments, she or he has been discriminated against due to her or his gender.
At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, our lawyers fight to make sure workers who have been unlawfully discriminated or retaliated against recover for the damage done by their employer, including lost back pay, lost future pay, emotional distress damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.
Employees who are denied overtime in violation of federal and state law have a right to recover for the money they would have been paid, as well as liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.
If you make a complaint of discrimination, your employer may not retaliate against under the law. This means the employer cannot terminate you or make your working conditions less favorable without violating the law. For decades, Console Mattiacci Law, LLC has held those employers who retaliate against employees accountable and have recovered substantial sums for wrongfully treated employees.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC represents clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas, throughout the United States.
Protecting Whistleblowers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania
If a company engages in conduct that is illegal or against the policy of the state, employees are encouraged to report that conduct to an attorney. The attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC will thoroughly explain the laws that protect you and the substantial recovery you may be entitled to for reporting the conduct.
A common area of whistleblower law involves fraud upon the government. This can include Medicare or Medicaid fraud, illegal kickbacks, overpricing of government contracts, or off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals.
However, in order to be a whistleblower, the fraud does not necessarily need to be against the government. It could simply be other types of illegal conduct or actions in violation of the public policy of the state.
There are substantial recoveries available to whistleblowers who report inappropriate conduct. If you are aware of such conduct, contact the attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC for a full and thorough consultation. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the better because in some cases the deadline to file is only 180 days from your first awareness of the improper conduct.
Moreover, for some federal whistleblower claims, you must be the “first to file” – meaning you need to be the first person to have reported this conduct to the government in order to be entitled to the whistleblower reward. The attorneys at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC are experienced in handling these matters. In 2013, Console Mattiacci Law, LLC won the largest whistleblower verdict in the state of Pennsylvania with a unanimous jury verdict. Contact them today to see if you have a case.
Finding an Experienced Workers' Rights Attorney in New Jersey, New York and the Philadelphia Area
In addition to protecting the rights of employees who were wronged by employers, we also represent those seeking to negotiate employment contracts, severance agreements, and stock option plans. If there is any matter where you are up against a current, former or potential employer, our skilled lawyers will be on your side fighting for you. Call us today at 215-545-7676 to set up a consultation to discuss your matter with Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.
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