A Philadelphia jury has awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages to the families of two Kraft Food employees who were shot to death by a co-worker in 2010. The verdict against U.S. Security Associates, which provided guards at the North Philadelphia Kraft plant, comes a month after a separate jury awarded the families $8.5 million in compensatory damages.
The dispute centered on security guards’ actions when the company fired a worker who later returned with a gun and killed two of her co-workers and seriously injured a third. The guards apparently could not properly operate the factory’s phone system and failed to notify workers that an armed and dangerous woman was headed into the plant.
U.S. Security Associates attributed the guards’ failure to panic after the woman pointed a gun at them. The jury clearly was not moved.