A female executive told a jury she hit the glass ceiling after her boss created a new position above her and filled it with a male. She filed suit against her employer, an aircraft manufacturer, and was fired shortly afterward. She claimed her firing was in retaliation for filing the lawsuit.
Her story must have been convincing because a New Jersey jury awarded her $9.12 million—half for compensatory damages, half for punitive.
Tip: Firing employees who have just filed lawsuits is work for professionals. Thoroughly document the reasons for all firings, but know that when an employee has already filed suit, your actions will be examined closely by a jury—usually a jury composed of employees.