Record EEOC Settlement Slashed

May 21, 2013

At the beginning of the month, an Iowa jury awarded the largest EEOC settlement ever: $240 million for abused, mentally disabled turkey-processing workers.

Now that settlement is being drastically reduced because of a statutory cap.

The judge "said he must limit the judgment to $50,000 per employee, the cap included in the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses with fewer than 101 workers."' The plaintiffs, who endured inhuman conditions on the job and were set to take home millions each, will now be lucky to be awarded six-figure settlements.

The EEOC is seeking additional compensation for interest and back pay. The Court found that the employer, Henry's Turkey Service, "for decades paid the men $65 per month, or 41 cents per hour."