Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million to Former Ford Employee for Workplace Discrimination

The New York Post reported that a former Ford engineer was entitled to nearly $17 million from the automaker because two supervisors had “repeatedly berated and criticized him for his Arab background and accent.”

The Michigan jury found that the employee was subjected to discrimination and to retaliation for reporting the abuse. The former employee, who was born in Lebanon, has a PhD in industrial engineering. He worked for Ford for more than 15 years.

The employee claimed that he was criticized for every work. One supervisor would “slam his fist on a table and scream at him for his English,” according to the lawyer of the employee.

The damage award included the following:

  • $1.7 million for retirement and pension losses
  • $100,000 for emotional distress
  • $15 million in punitive damages because the company intended to “punish the defendant and deter them from future discriminatory employment practices.”

The employee had earned top ratings before he was assigned to a new supervisor in 2012. Even though he had a PhD and had unique talents, his supervisor made him do demeaning work such as bringing the supervisor coffee and making him do other personal errands. The employee stated he felt like the supervisor was “going to “crush him like an ant.” The intimidating treatment continued for a year until the engineer took medical leave due to the stress of the job. He was then fired by Ford after filing a discrimination charge with the EEOC and with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

The California Law Offices of Stephen A. Danz and Associates fights aggressively for workers who have been discriminated for any reason. We file claims if an employer fires you because you asserted your rights. In many federal and state discrimination cases, victims of discrimination are entitled to economic loss damages and to statutory and/or punitive damages. To discuss your employee discrimination case, with an experienced employee rights lawyer, call 877-789-9707 or fill out our online contact form. Se habla espanol