The Legal Intelligencer reports that Console Mattiacci Law, LLC LLC won the largest employment law verdict in Pennsylvania in 2013. Laura Mattiacci, lead trial counsel, along with Rahul Munshi, second-chair, represented an employee who was retaliated against after bringing forth complaints of wrongful activity in the workplace.
After a five day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.678 million (plus attorneys’ fees and costs). The plaintiff, Marla Pietrowski, worked as a senior case manager at The Kintock Group, a corporation that provides transition services to ex-convicts recently released from prison. The jury found she reasonably believed that a manager was engaged in drug activity and violated public policy when he brought his child to the facility where convicted child predators were assigned to report, that she objected to or disclosed the conduct and that the termination she suffered afterward was retaliatory.
The case was brought under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”). Ms. Pietrowski, who made approximately $44,000 a year, was awarded full back pay of $77,988.75, pain and suffering damages of $100,000 and punitive damages of $1.5 million.