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FedEx is seeking to overturn the convictions of former workers who alleged bias



(Reuters) — FedEx Corp. said they would ask a federal judge in Texas to throw out or reduce a jury’s $366 million in damages awarded to a former black employee who accused the company of disciplining and firing her after she complained of racial discrimination.

In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, FedEx said it expected the Oct. 25 award by a Houston jury to Jennifer Harris of $1.16 million in compensatory damages and $365 million in punitive damages to be reduced.

The package delivery company said that under US Supreme Court precedent, punitive damages are typically limited to less than 10 times compensatory damages, with a multiple closer to one appropriate when the compensatory damages are significant.

FedEx said it believed all payouts up to $75 million would be covered by the insurance, subject to a $1

0 million retention.

In her lawsuit, Harris said FedEx hired her in 2007 and that she had been a “rising star,” promoted six times and reaching the position of district sales manager, before being asked in March 2019 by her white boss to take a demotion.

She said she later reported discrimination by her supervisor to FedEx’s human resources department, which led to a letter complaining about her “unacceptable performance,” a written warning, and her termination in January 2020.


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