Smith Law Firm Wins a Verdict Over One Million Dollars in Whistleblower Case
The United States District Court for the Middle of Louisiana recently entered a judgment approving a seven figure verdict in a wrongful termination case involving protected activity in the workplace. The Plaintiff, Johnny Taylor, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad Company for over ten years, filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that his termination violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act (“FRSA”), 49 U.S.C. § 20109. Taylor claimed that he was terminated for engaging in certain activities protected under that statute. The jury agreed and awarded a $723,000. The back pay was $312,349 and the Judge added that amount to the Judgment, for a total of One Million, Thirty-Five Thousand, Three Hundred Forty-Nine Dollars and Thirty-Six Cents ($1,035,349). In addition the presiding Judge will decide Mr. Taylor’s claims for front pay/reinstatement, attorneys’ fees, costs, litigation expenses and interest.