Jury Finds Parks Employee Was Fired In Retaliation
Murray v. County of Montgomery $750,000 Verdict
Date of Verdict: Sept. 13.
Court and Case No.: U.S. District Court, E.D. Pa. 11-CV-0107.
Judge: Jan DuBois.
Type of Action: Retaliation.
Injuries: Pain and suffering; emotional distress; loss of earnings.
Plaintiffs Counsel: Marc E. Weinstein, The Weinstein Law Firm, Trevose, Pa.; Ralph E. Lamar, The Law Office of Ralph Lamar, Arvada, Colo.
Defense Counsel: Joseph J. Santarone Jr. and Christopher P. Boyle, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, King of Prussia, Pa.
Comment: In March 2008, plaintiff Pamela Ann Murray, a park ranger employed by Montgomery County, was fired from her position in the Montgomery County Parks Department. Murray alleged that a co-worker made derisive comments about her gender, and that after the co-worker was promoted above her, she was fired in retaliation for her complaints.
Murray sued Montgomery County, alleging that the county violated Title VII of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
According to the plaintiff's amended complaint, Murray contended that in 2007 her co-worker had scheduled several meetings without consulting her, which made her late on several occasions. She contended that the co-worker, who was a proponent of allowing rangers to carry firearms, told her that she did not "understand carrying weapons because she was female," made derisive comments regarding hunting licenses and asked her if she knew what it was like to carry and shoot a firearm during a meeting where she was the only female.