Judge denies new trial motion, verdict against Corinth School District stands


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ABERDEEN, Mississippi — A federal judge has upheld a jury verdict against the Corinth School District in a case involving the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Last year, a jury awarded former maintenance worker and bus driver Alfred L. Newcomb $100,000 in damages in a dispute over his termination.

In an order filed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock denied the school district's motion for a new trial.

The Daily Corinthian reports (http://bit.ly/1yKhj7p ) the award was also amended to $120,525.

Newcomb argued he was fired him after he suffered an injury that required him to miss work.

The school district said Newcomb was terminated as part of a reduction in staff.

Court records show Newcomb fell off some scaffolding on Aug. 2, 2010, had surgery and received a termination letter upon returning home.

Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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