Carol Tamao had won a $6 million verdict in her lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the ADA after her supervisor implied her age was a factor in her termination. But a federal judge ruled the jury got carried away when it started handing out her former employer’s money.
The original verdict ordered Abbott Laboratories to pay Tamao $600,000 in compensatory damages and $5.4 million in punitive damages. The judge noted that the ADA caps compensatory damages at $300,000. Further, the judge cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that punitive damages amounting to more than 10 times the compensatory sum are unconstitutional.
The final tally put Tamao’s total recovery at just under $500,000.