By Courtney Klaus and Madeline Alvarez, Editor-In-Chief and Sports Editor
A federal jury decided against Newman University last week in a lawsuit over job discrimination, rewarding former faculty member Cindy Louthan more than $800,000 in damages.
A majority of the money awarded by the jury, $725,000, are for punitive damages, while $75,000 was awarded for compensatory damages. Compensatory damage claims are filed to restore the injured party to his or her financial situation prior to the incident in the suit, while punitive damages are awarded to punish wrongful behavior.
Louthan’s lawyer, Sean McGivern, said in a statement that said the jury’s verdict vindicated Louthan and punished Newman for it’s unlawful conduct.
“Dr. Louthan looks forward to resolving the remedial issues in her case and moving on with her life. She has no further comment at this time,” he said.
The university released an official statement last week that said it was disappointed in the jury’s decision.
“Newman University’s mission and core values insist community members respect the dignity of others and interact with integrity and honesty with all,” the statement says. “Since this case involves employee matters we will have no further comment at this time.”
Interim University President Teresa Hall Bartels said the university plans to consider appeal rights after the judge issues a final judgement on the case.
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