A jury Thursday awarded $647,000 in compensatory damages to a music conductor who claimed she was fired by a concert promoter-producer because she complained of pregnancy discrimination.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before finding in favor of Eimear Noone in her lawsuit against Jason Michael Paul Productions.
The panel also found that the company acted with malice, triggering a second phase of trial, which begins Friday, to determine if Noone should be awarded punitive damages.
Noone, 38, wept and was hugged by her two attorneys after the verdict.
Noone, who sued JMPP in July 2015, said she was fired in the summer of 2013 after complaining to company founder Jason Michael Paul that she was mistreated after she became pregnant for the second time while working for him as the conductor in the symphony production of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.”
Attorney Brett Bitzer, on behalf of JMPP, told jurors that Noone was fired because she had joined others to form a competing symphony.
Noone’s first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. She maintained that during her second pregnancy, she asked the show’s producers if they could shorten their unscripted comments or let her sit on a stool during their routine practice of addressing audiences during performances.
According to Noone, they did not grant her requests during two shows in June and July 2013, even though she made multiple inquiries about such accommodations.
Noone began working in 2011 on “Zelda,” which featured visual effects of the popular video game with accompaniment by an orchestra. The production was booked in concert halls nationwide and in some international sites.
–City News Service
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