On Friday a Lamar County jury rendered verdicts totaling $350,000 in Hillman v. Stafford Const. Co.

Here is the Complaint.

Plaintiff alleged Melvin Stafford sexually harassed her at work and fired her after ‘snitching’ on him and refusing to let him stick his hand down her shirt.

The jury returned a compensatory damages verdict of $250,000.

The jury returned a punitive damages verdict of $100,000. It is believed to be the only punitive verdict in at least 20 years in Lamar County.

Daniel Waide with Johnson Ratliff & Waide in Hattiesburg represented plaintiff. Bill Ducker from Purvis represented Defendants. Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo presided.

My Take:

Has there ever been a punitive verdict in Lamar County?