Man Awarded $1M in UPS Whistleblower Lawsuit

Man claims he was demoted, assigned to the night shift

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Man Awarded $1M in UPS Whistleblower Lawsuit

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A New Jersey jury has awarded a Flemington man $1 million after finding that his bosses at United Parcel Service retaliated against him after he complained that managers were violating company policies.

In his lawsuit, 51-year-old Michael Battaglia said he was demoted and assigned to the night shift after lodging his complaints in October 2005.
    
Following a monthlong trial in state Superior Court in New Brunswick, a jury found that UPS violated New Jersey's anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
    
It awarded Battaglia $500,000 for economic losses and $500,000 for emotional distress. On Wednesday, the jury determined that he was not entitled to punitive damages.
    
Attorney Michael Bissinger, who represented UPS, said the company "has accepted responsibility in this case."

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