Holtz & Reed Obtains Defense Jury Verdict For Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Posted on: Monday, February 1st, 2016

On January 27, 2016, Jay Sullivan and Patrick Foley of Holtz & Reed obtained a defense jury verdict for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in an employment case tried in federal court.  The plaintiff, a former employee in the hospital’s engineering department, alleged racial harassment, claiming he had found a series of hostile, anonymous notes in his work space.  BWH denied liability, explaining that it had thoroughly investigated every one of the plaintiff’s complaints and that it had in place rigorous policies and procedures to prevent and combat discrimination and harassment.  Despite the hospital’s allowing him to take an extended leave after he claimed to have found a racially hostile note, the plaintiff abandoned his job and sued the hospital.  After a three-day trial in the U.S. District Court in Boston, the jury rejected the plaintiff’s claims and returned a verdict for Brigham and Women’s Hospital after less than two hours of deliberation.

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