Trevor Johnston, who served on a jury last April that awarded to a former employee of Ernie Haire Ford $5.8 million for age discrimination, claims someone from the Tampa dealership later offered him a bribe to report juror misconduct.
Johnston told Hillsborough County detectives that Greg Balasco, a manager at the Ford dealership, approached him in a North Tampa Wal-Mart and offered him $75,000 to claim a juror somehow threw the trial. But detectives found that Balasco couldn’t have tendered a bribe. He was on a chartered fishing boat at the time.
Johnston said it might have been someone else. He refused to take a lie detector test. Finally, Johnston confessed to making a false police report. But he then recanted, saying he had been pressured into confessing.
Maybe it’s time to throw this one back.
- Use 'Soft' criteria for staffing decisions? Be prepared to back up rationale
- Can deciding not to discipline lead to court?
- When supervisor's harassment is serious, make sure the punishment fits the crime
- Personality clash or hostile work environment? It depends on hypothetical 'reasonable person'
- Track every step in your promotion process