Jury Verdict for Defendant in Gender Discrimination Case

In the case of Stephen Blessing v. Indiana Department of Correction, U.S. District Court, Southern Distric of Indiana, Indianapolis Division No. 1:06-cv-1294, a jury rendered a verdict in favor of the Defendant. Blessing, the Plaintiff, was a nurse employed at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. Blessing alleged gender discrimination, claiming he was treated differently than his female coworkers. In support of his claim, Blessing asserted that he had been treated unfairly when he was suspended for five days for inappropriate computer use, while a female nurse received a written reprimand for the same infraction. Blessing was subsequently terminated when it was determined he was providing an improper dosage of medication to a juvenile. Blessing again claimed that females nurses were committing the same errors but were not subjected to investigation or disciplinary proceedings.
Blessing’s attorneys, Raymond Haftsten, Jr. and Christopher Wolcott, had filed a complaint on his behalf against the employer, requesting compensation for injuries including lost wages and emotional distress. The case went to trial on January 26-27, 2009. Despite Blessing’s claims, the jury failed to find in his favor, and instead returned a verdict for the employer.


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