$500,000 Judgment (Plus $250,000 in Attorney’s Fees) Obtained Against Humana, Inc. in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 by Brittany Carter

On March 8, 2019, Judge Freda Wolfson, of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey entered Judgment in favor of the Plaintiff, Kate Jenkins, against Defendants Humana, Inc., Humana at Home, Inc., Humana at Home 1, Inc. and Senior Bridge Family Companies (NJ), Inc. for her claims of sex/pregnancy discrimination and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and New Jersey Family Leave Act (“NJFLA”). Judgment for Ms. Jenkins was entered in the amount of $500,000 plus reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, for which Defendants paid an additional $250,000, bringing the total value of the judgment to $750,000. Ms. Jenkins’ complaint sets forth detailed facts regarding sex/pregnancy discrimination and FMLA and NJFLA violations, including the termination of her employment within weeks after returning from her maternity leave of absence.

Ms. Jenkins was represented by Lane Schiff and Stephen Console of Console Mattiacci Law in Moorestown and Philadelphia. Stephen Console, the founding partner of Console Mattiacci Law, stated the following, “Kate Jenkins is to be applauded for her determination to fight for her civil rights, her courage to bring this lawsuit and her conviction to accept nothing short of a public judgment in her favor.” This judgment stands in stark contrast to situations where companies pay settlements that require strict confidentiality agreements and allow discrimination to be swept under the rug. By demanding a publicly filed judgment, victims of discrimination can expose those who have abused their power and, hopefully, help prevent the next employee from being victimized.

Ms. Jenkins stated, “Many women in the workforce have two full-time jobs: the one performed for their employer, and the one at home, caring for and raising their families. As these women are working double to wear both hats, employers must do more to prevent and remove the discriminatory obstacles uniquely faced by working mothers. I hope that with this judgment, employers not only recognize their obligations under the law but begin to embrace and empower the working mothers to encourage their success both at work and at home.”

About Console Mattiacci Law, LLC

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC is an employment rights law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Moorestown, New Jersey. Since its inception in 1990, the firm has focused its practice on the representation of current, former, and potential employees concerning work-related matters. The lawyers at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC counsel whistleblower-employees who have been retaliated against and individuals who have been victimized by illegal employment discrimination and retaliation, including sex, race, religion, disability and age discrimination and sexual harassment at work. They also represent employees concerning medical leaves, disability benefits, wage and hour claims, employment contracts, severance agreements, stock option plans, and class action lawsuits.

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