Fry’s to Shell Out $2.3 Million in Retaliation Lawsuit

Fry's Electronics, the nationwide retailer, will pay $2.3 million to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought against it by the federal government.  Ka Lam, a supervisor in a store in Washington, claimed that he was retaliated against when he alerted management that an assistant store manager was sending inappropriate text messages to a young sales associate.  Lam was terminated.  The company told him the reason was a decline in performance, though he was frequently recognized for doing a good job.  The size of this settlement for a single plaintiff case is very unusual.  Federal law typically caps punitive damages in most employment cases to $300,000.  Certain states have more favorable laws, allowing a plaintiff to seek more than the federal statutory cap.  Illinois is not one of those states.
Categories: Employment Law