Sanders v. Lee County School District No. 1 et al

Filing 64

JUDGMENT pursuant to 63 Jury Verdict, judgment is hereby entered in favor of Sharon Y Sanders against defts jointly and severally in the amount of $60,825.00 for actual damages; against Milton Hall individually in the amount of $2,500 for punitive damages; against Elizabeth Johnson individually in the amount of $5,000 for punitive damages; and agaisnt Victory Perry individually in the amount of $500 for punitive damages, plus post-judgment interest to accrue at the rate of 0.31% per annum. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 7/16/10. (vjt)

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Sanders v. Lee County School District No. 1 et al Doc. 64 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS HELENA DIVISION SHARON Y. SANDERS v. Case No. 2:08CV00219 JLH PLAINTIFF LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1; THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF LEE COUNTY, ARKANSAS; ELIZABETH JOHNSON, individually and as President and Member of the Board of Education of Lee County, Arkansas; MILTON HALL, individually; LEE HALL, as Member of the Board of Education of Lee County, Arkansas; VICTORY PERRY, individually and as Member of the Board of Education of Lee County, Arkansas; and PEARLETHE COLLINS, individually and as Member of the Board of Education of Lee County, Arkansas JUDGMENT DEFENDANTS On the 12th day of July, 2010, this action came before the Court for a trial by jury. All parties appeared and announced that they were ready for trial. A jury of twelve was duly selected and sworn, with one juror later being dismissed for cause. On July 15, 2010, the jury answered special interrogatories and returned a verdict as follows: 1. Do you find that Sharon Sanders proved by the greater weight of the evidence that the decision to reassign her on November 20, 2008, was an adverse employment action? YES "YES" or "NO" Note: If you answered "NO", have your foreperson sign and date this form because your deliberations are concluded, and you may return to the courtroom. If you answered "YES", you must answer the next question. Dockets.Justia.com 2. Do you find that Sharon Sanders proved by the greater weight of the evidence that the action of the defendants in reassigning her was motivated by race? YES "YES" or "NO" Note: If you answered "NO" to 2, have your foreperson sign and date this form because your deliberations are concluded, and you may return to the courtroom. If you answered "YES" to 2, answer questions 3 and 4. 3. Do you find that Sharon Sanders proved by the greater weight of the evidence that the defendants constructively discharged her? YES "YES" 4. or "NO" Do you find that the defendants proved by the greater weight of the evidence that they would have reassigned Sharon Sanders regardless of her race? or "YES" NO "NO" Note: If you answered "NO" to 3 and "YES" to 4, have your foreperson sign and date this form because your deliberations are concluded, and you may return to the courtroom. If you answered "YES" to 3 or if you answered "NO" to 4, answer questions 5 and 6. 5. A. State the amount of wages and fringe benefits that Sharon Sanders has proven by the greater weight of the evidence that Sharon Sanders has lost through the date of this verdict as a direct result of the actions of the defendants. 2 $ 60,825.00 (stating the amount or if none, write the word "none") Salary -- 50,000 SS -- 3,825 Retirement -- 7,000 B. State the amount of other damages that you find that Sharon Sanders has proven by a preponderance of the evidence, excluding lost wages and benefits. $ 10,000 (stating the amount or if you find that her damages do not have a monetary value, write in the nominal amount of "One Dollar ($1.00)") emotional stress -- 5,000 anguish -- 5,000 6. If you find that punitive damages should be awarded against any defendant, state the amount that you find should be awarded. If you find that punitive damages should not be awarded against any defendant, write "none" in the space next to that defendant's name. $ $ $ $ None 2,500 5,000 500 Pearlethe Collins Milton Hall Elizabeth Johnson Victory Perry /s/ Paul S. Miller FOREPERSON 7-15-10 DATE 3 Judgment is therefor entered in favor of Sharon Sanders against defendants Lee County School District No. 1, Lee County Board of Education, Pearlethe Collins, Milton Hall, Elizabeth Johnson, and Victory Perry, jointly and severally, in the amount of $60,825.00 for actual damages; against Milton Hall individually in the amount of $2,500 for punitive damages; against Elizabeth Johnson individually in the amount of $5,000 for punitive damages; and against Victory Perry individually in the amount of $500 for punitive damages, plus post-judgment interest to accrue at the rate of 0.31% per annum, for all of which garnishment and execution may issue. See 28 U.S.C. 1961. IT IS SO ORDERED this 16th day of July, 2010. J. LEON HOLMES UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 4

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