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Man Who Says Firing Was for IDing Danger at 26 Fed Plaza Won $300,000 Now Judgment Motion

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 15 – Clifford Casmento sued Volmar Construction for terminating his employment after he complained of critical safety violations in their job at 25 Federal Plaza in Manhattan, including violations in electrical work and asbestos.

It has come to trial.  

On June 2, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman was presiding over the jury trial. Inner City Press went and covered it.  

Casmento was on the stand, being cross-examined. Volmar's lawyer grilled him about having told OSHA, in 2019, that he had never taken health insurance from Volmar, while he had. Casmento tried to explain but was told, that's for re-direct.

On June 6, on the stand was the Volmar Construction offical who could have fired Casmento - but didn't. He was shown an email in which he said Casmento should be fired, but then repeated that he had not done so.

The Jury deliberated and issued a mixed verdict including $300,000 in punitive damages for failing to accommodate the plaintiff's disabilities.

On September 15, the setting of the final stage: "ORDER: The Court will hear oral argument from parties regarding the pending motion for judgment on October 13, 2022 at 10:00AM. The hearing will be held in-person in Courtroom 15C at the 500 Pearl Street Courthouse. (HEREBY ORDERED by Judge Lewis J. Liman) (Text Only Order)

It is Casmento, Jr. v. Volmar Construction, Inc. et al., 20-cv-944 (Liman) 


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