In 2007, Plaintiff Nurse was diagnosed with dystonia. The condition causes involuntary movements, but can be controlled using an electrical stimulator to emit electric charges in the brain. Equipment in the hospital produced interference with the electrical stimulator, so Plaintiff requested an accommodation, a legal right to be accommodated for her disability.
Defendant Hospital tried to reassign Plaintiff to a unit in the hospital which did not accommodate her electrical stimulator. Plaintiff therefore refused the reassignment. Her duties were subsequently reduced and she was effectively terminated shortly thereafter.
In suing the hospital for discrimination which targeted her disability, Plaintiff alleged injuries including emotional distress, depression, seizures and aggravation of her condition. After a three week trial it took the jury only three hours to deliver a Plaintiff's verdict of $4,025,000 including over $2 Million dollars in punitive damages. The balance of the verdict, $1,850,000 was compensation for emotional damages.