Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah represented Chantal Charles, a black woman and longtime public servant, in a race discrimination and retaliation case against the City of Boston and the City’s First Assistant Collector-Treasurer Vivian Leo. The Boston jury awarded a nearly $11 million verdict to Ms. Charles, finding that the City and Ms. Leo engaged in a consistently enforced pattern and practice of discrimination against black employees. The jury also found that the City and Ms. Leo retaliated against Ms. Charles for filing a charge of discrimination at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
The jury awarded Ms. Charles approximately $390,000 in economic damages, $500,000 for emotional distress, and $10 million in punitive damages. The scope of the punitive damages award shows that the jury found the City and Ms. Leo’s conduct was outrageous and egregious.