Ex-veterans commission employee wins nearly $3M in lawsuit
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Jurors have awarded a woman who sued the Missouri Veterans Commission and its director nearly $3 million in damages after she claimed discrimination and harassment over her dismissal.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported that jurors on Thursday awarded Pat Rowe Kerr $1.3 million in actual damages and $1.6 million in punitive damages.
Kerr was dismissed as the commission's senior adviser of veterans' outreach in November 2009 and sued the state agency in July 2011.
Kerr's attorneys argued that she was dismissed because Kay has a problem with older, successful women and that Kay shows favoritism to men and younger employees.
According to commission director Larry Kay, Kerr was terminated because Gov. Jay Nixon issued a veto directing the commission to eliminate a position.