$1.8 MILLION JURY VERDICT FAVORS FORMER DIVISION SALES MANAGER FOR ROCHE PHARMACEUTICALS
Dossat vs. Hoffman-La Roche, et. al., 2:09-CV-00245-KJD-PAL
Las Vegas, Nevada – March 12, 2012 — The law offices of Esteban-Trinidad Law in Las Vegas, Nevada and Bononi Law Group, LLC, in Los Angeles today announced that a federal jury in the United States District Court of Nevada unanimously rendered a verdict awarding their client Randy Dossat $1,868,000.00 on his claims for retaliation in the workplace and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
With Judge Kent J. Dawson presiding, the eight members of the jury determined that Defendant Hoffmann La-Roche willfully retaliated against its employee, Mr. Dossat, for complaining about what Mr. Dossat reasonably believed to be age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and that the company’s retaliatory actions caused Mr. Dossat damages for mental pain and suffering.
Mr. Dossat’s attorneys issued a statement that, “This verdict sends a clear message to employers that they should not retaliate against employees for complaining about discrimination in the workplace. The verdict also sends a message to employees to speak up about unlawful discriminatory acts in the workplace.”
The jury awarded Randy Dossat the amount of $168,000 for lost pay and $1,700,000 in damages for mental and emotional pain and suffering, for a total of $1,898,00.00. The Court entered judgment on the verdict on March 6, 2012.
Counsel for Plaintiff Randy Dossat: M. Lani Esteban-Trinidad, Esteban Trinidad Law, P.C. in Las Vegas, Nevada and Bononi Law Group, LLP, William S. Waldo and Michael J. Bononi from Los Angeles, California.
Counsel for Defendants Hoffman-La Roche: Anthony Martin, Christopher Pastore and Michael W. Fox of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.