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On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, a jury in Ft. Lauderdale federal district court returned a verdict against the Broward County School District, and in favor of the employee, Jaime Ortiz, awarding him $150,000.00 in compensatory, or pain and suffering damages. Mr. Ortiz, who is of Hispanic origin, was represented by Ft. Lauderdale Labor and Employment Law Attorney Mark J. Berkowitz, in this matter, against the employer, the School District of Broward County. Jaime Ortiz had alleged that he was subjected to a hostile work environment, based upon his national origin.

Mr. Ortiz began his employment with the Broward County School District in 2000, as an Auto Truck Mechanic, in the Vehicle Maintenance Division, and he claimed that from on or about 2009 and continuing to September of 2014, he was subjected to harassment and discrimination, based upon his national origin. According to the employee, the pervasive harassment by supervisory personnel continued, even though the employee made management aware of the discrimination and harassment, through his oral complaints to School District management.

On September 14, 2014, the employee filed a formal complaint of employment discrimination with the Miami District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The federal jury found that the employer had discriminated against Ortiz, based upon his national origin by subjecting him to a hostile work environment; and as a result of this finding, the jury awarded the employee $150,000.00 in compensatory damages.

About Mark J. Berkowitz

For over thirty years, Mark J. Berkowitz has successfully assisted clients throughout South Florida in labor and employment matters. He previously practiced with a labor and employment law firm in Philadelphia and since 1995, he has operated his own labor and employment law practice, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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