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Progressive Hit With $60 Jury Verdict

When Progressive Halcyon Insurance Co. branch manager Jerry Johnson informed employee Kelly Hackworth that her position was to be "re-leveled," she considered it just another blow in an already hostile work environment. A jury agreed and entered a $60 million verdict Feb. 22 against the Ohio-based insurance behemoth.

Hackworth, who joined Progressive in 1996, gradually climbed the company's ranks in both title and salary until Johnson became her manager in March 2002. At that point, Hackworth claims her career reached a standstill.

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