Lawyers from the firm of Corrigan, Bennett and Belfort, of Cambridge, Mass., recently won a $2 million verdict against Wal-Mart, in a suit involving unfair termination and discrimination based on gender.
The verdict is believed to be the largest discrimination verdict in Massachusetts this year, and came after a Berkshire County Superior Court Jury found that Wal-Mart failed to pay pharmacist Cynthia Haddad of Pittsfield, Mass., the same as it paid her male colleagues. She was represented by co-counsel David Belfort '92.
The four men and eight women on the jury found in favor of Haddad and were persuaded by her legal team on every count including two claims of gender discrimination: disparity in the payment of wages and improper termination of employment. Jurors awarded almost $1 million in compensatory damages and another $1 million in damages as punishment for the discriminatory termination.
Belfort, an economics major with a political science minor, received his law degree in 1996 at Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, N.H.
Among those assisting Belfort in the case was Kendra Zysk '05, a paralegal in the firm who was an international relations and Spanish and Hispanic Studies double major at HWS. She was named to the dean's list and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating summa cum laude. A member of the WS Judicial Board, she studied in Madrid, Spain.