TYLER, Texas — A jury has awarded about $485,000 in damages to a woman who said she was terminated as manager of Tyler’s Old Navy store because she was pregnant.
Joanna Laxton sued San Francisco-based Gap Inc., doing business as Old Navy, in Tyler federal court for sex discrimination. After two days of testimony in U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie’s courtroom this week, the jury agreed.
Judge Guthrie said she would enter a final judgment in the case in early December.
Jurors on Wednesday awarded Laxton $127,350 for past lost income and benefits, $57,000 for future lost income and benefits, $100,000 for mental anguish and $200,000 in punitive damages.
Regional manager Karen Jones said Laxton was fired for a number of policy violations, among other things.
ance and because of complaints from subordinates who said they were “abused and harassed.”
Company representatives said their actions were “based entirely on legitimate, nondiscriminatory factors.”