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Lucasfilm wins appeal of $1.2 million pregnancy discrimination verdict

According to the appeals court, the trial judge gave improper instructions to jury members in the original case

The force was with Lucasfilm Ltd. Monday, when a California appeals court overturned a $1.2 million pregnancy discrimination verdict against the company.

Julie Veronese sued the production company, which owner George Lucas recently sold to Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion, for allegedly rescinding a job offer after she told a prospective supervisor shortly before her start date that she was pregnant. In 2010, jurors awarded Veronese $93,800 for lost wages, $20,000 for emotional distress and $1.16 million in attorneys’ fees.

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