On Friday a federal court jury in Jackson rendered a total verdict of $107,100 in Robinson v. JSU and Fuller.
The plaintiff Fredrick Robinson was the Director of Sports Medicine at Jackson State. He claimed that the Athletic Director (Dr. Vivian Fuller) fired him in retaliation for participating in an EEOC investigation against Fuller. That investigation involved allegations by a department secretary that Fuller made sexual advances toward her.
JSU and Fuller claimed that they fired Robinson as part of a department reorganization. Fuller denied knowing that Robinson even talked to the EEOC. Testimony at trial revealed that Fuller’s attorneys attended Robinson’s interview with the EEOC.
Here is the breakdown of damages:
- $7,100- lost wages
- $25,000- emotional distress
- $75,000- punitive damages against Fuller only.
Plaintiff’s counsel were Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Tupelo and Rogen Chhabra and Michael Saltaformaggio of Jackson.
Defense counsel was LaToya Merritt and Jason Marsh of Phelps Dunbar of Jackson.
District Judge Henry Wingate presided in the case.