In 2012, Bononi Law Group won an age discrimination lawsuit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Partnering with a Nevada law firm, Bononi sued the pharmaceutical giant Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. The claim was based on the complaints of a sales executive who was 55 at the time of the incidents in question.
The man, who had been with Hoffmann-LaRoche since 1974 and had an excellent employment record, claimed that he was subjected to harassment and demeaning comments from a new manager. The lawsuit claimed that the manager repeatedly referred to the client as being “old school,” and “not fit for the current environment.” The sales executive said that he found the manager’s comments as discriminatory and in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
He also claimed that company managers did not properly conduct the investigation after he complained about the language used by the manager. The result, he said, was unlawful retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Hoffmann LaRoche argued that the claim was without merit because the man should have used the workers’ compensation system to obtain redress for injuries. Attorneys for the client responded by saying that workers’ compensation is only for injuries resulting from accidents rather than intentional acts.
A federal jury agreed and awarded the man $168,000 for back pay and $1.7 million for mental or emotional pain and suffering as a result of his workplace discrimination suit.