#MeToo movement linked to jury's large gender discrimination award

Earlier this month, a federal jury in Pittsburgh awarded a female scientist $993,495 in front pay, $478,585 in back pay, and $1.5 million for emotional distress following a trial against her former employer for gender and age discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). The fact that the case was otherwise unremarkable is exactly why it is remarkable. Gender bias cases involving similar facts proceed to trial all the time, yet result in significantly lower verdicts.

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