A Madera County Superior Court jury Tuesday sided with a 59-year-old woman who said she was unfairly fired by Madera's Housing Authority.
In her lawsuit against the authority, Christy Carter of Chowchilla said that two supervisors created a hostile work environment. They did so, she said, in retaliation for her being a witness in an investigation against them that another employee launched in 2005.
The jury awarded Carter $883,000 for lost wages and emotional distress, her attorney Michael J. F. Smith said.
Carter worked for the city's Housing Authority for nearly 20 years. After her supervisors read in official documents that she had been a witness in an investigation against them, however, she said she was passed over for promotions and denied vacations for four years.
Carter said she was fired in January 2009 while she was on medical leave.
Cheer teams place first in competition
The Clovis North and Clovis West high school cheer teams recently placed first in their divisions at the U.S.A. Spirit Nationals competition in Anaheim.
The Clovis North team finished first in the large varsity show cheer division out of 23 teams from California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, a Clovis Unified spokeswoman said. The Clovis West team was first in the small varsity show cheer division out of 22 teams.
The Clovis High cheer team was second in the medium varsity show cheer division. The Clovis West competition pep team placed fourth in the small varsity song pom division.
The competition was held March 25-27.