SACRAMENTO – CA.- On Thursday, January 21, 2010 a jury in the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, concluded AutoZone, Inc. unlawfully retaliated against a District Manager for making complaints protected
by the California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Plaintiff Travis Kell, from Stockton, CA, was the company’s most profitable District Manager among his peers when the company terminated his employment for alleged “falsification of company documents.”
The Honorable Roland L. Candee presided over the lengthy trial which began on December 14, 2009 and ended January 21, 2010. The jury awarded Mr. Kell $136,827 to compensate Mr. Kell for his lost wages and mental suffering. The jury concluded the retaliation was perpetration with malice, oppression or fraud.
After a brief deliberation, the jury awarded punitive damages against AutoZone in the amount of
$1,231,848 which is the maximum amount of punitive damages allowed by law. Afterward, the jury indicated that the maximum amount of punitive damages were appropriate so AutoZone would get the message to change their policies.
Travis Kell was represented by Lawrance A. Bohm, Bohm Law Group and Charles E. Moore, Simpson and Moore
AutoZone was represented by Richard R. Gray and Barbara Blackburn of Littler Mendelson For more information please see public information available on www.saccourt.ca.gov
Kell v. AutoZone, Inc., et al., Sacramento Superior Court Case Number 07AS04375 Or contact the Bohm Law Group at 916-927-5574
Article courtesy of the Bohm Law Group