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Case Style: Bruce Walker and Kimberly Smith-McKenzie v. Johnny L Hatter
Case Number: 7:01-cv-02977-VEH
Judge: Virginia Emerson Hopkins
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Jefferson County
Plaintiff's Attorney: Ann Robertson, Sam Fisher, Jim Doyle, Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantzis, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama
Defendant's Attorney: Martha Thompson and Bob Girardeau, Huie Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP, Birmingham, Alabama
Description: Bruce Walker and Kimberly Smith-McKenzie sued Sumter County Sheriff Johnny L Hatter on various employment law violation theories. Kimberly Smith-McKenzie claimed that she was sexually harassed and retaliated against for complaining. Bruce Walker claimed that he was discriminated against because of his race and retaliated against for supporting Smith-McKenzie.
The defenses asserted by Sheriff Hatter are not available.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $1.5 million for Bruce Walker and $1 million for Smith-McKenzie.