DENNIS VAWTER v. E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jun 2, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James C. Bradshaw, III, and Elise C. Hofer, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Attorneys 2:

Dan M. Norwood, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dennis Vawter.

Judge(s): BENNETT

A 59-year old plaintiff who lost his job as a chemical operator, after working in that position for over 37 years, applied for the position of general operator with another company. Twelve individuals were hired by the other company, all of whom were younger than the 59-year old, and most of whom were less experienced. The plaintiff filed an age discrimination complaint against the company. The case was tried by a jury, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, awarding him compensatory damages of $100,000. The trial court awarded the plaintiff front pay in addition to the compensatory damage award. The company appealed, and we affirm the trial court?s judgment.