Dec. 29–A Mack Trucks production supervisor was awarded $675,000 in damages after a jury found she was denied promotions as a result of discrimination based on her sex and disability, her lawyers said Thursday.
Melissa Koch, 50, a Mack employee since 1997, won her case Dec. 19 after a seven-day trial in federal court in Easton.
Lawyers Patrick Reilly and Samuel Cohen, representing Koch, argued that while her supervisor rated her “promotable,” she was passed over for more than 60 promotions that she applied for.
Koch worked at several Mack plants, starting in Winnsboro, S.C., moving to River Valley, Va., and, in 2010, moving to the Lower Macungie Township facility. She lives in Allentown.
Koch’s lawyers made the case that she was treated differently from the men in Mack’s “male-dominated workplace,” and received less assistance than men in completing various tasks.
Mack Trucks’ initial in-house investigation of her complaints found she suffered no intentional discrimination and that, when she was treated differently, there was good reason to treat her differently. That finding led to her lawsuit.
Her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission went to Judge Edward G. Smith’s court and the jury that found in her favor.
Mack Trucks could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.
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