On September 20, 2014 a federal court jury in Aberdeen rendered a $65,000 plaintiff’s verdict in Mitchell v. City of Tupelo. Here is the Verdict Form.
Here is WTVA’s article on the verdict. From the article:
A former bailiff [Latisha Mitchell] with the Tupelo Municipal Court has won a legal ruling against the city in U. S. District Court.
A federal jury awarded Latisha Mitchell $65,000 after finding the city retaliated against her for filing a discrimination charge against the city after she was injured on the job.
Mitchell received $35,000 in lost wages and $30,000 for anxiety in the jury verdict following a trial last week.
The jury rejected a claim of disability discrimination….
She contends the city should have done more to change her duties after she [injured her back and neck while saving a 250-pound prisoner who was hanging himself].
The verdict allows Mitchell to file a motion for front pay and attorney’s fees.
Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Waide & Associates in Tupelo represented the plaintiff. John Hill and Stephen Spencer with Mitchell McNutt & Sams in Tupelo represented the city.
Judge Sharion Aycock presided in the case.
The North Mississippi defense bar is in big trouble if Jim Waide ever decides to retire.