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Case No. 20-0135

Ronald Rumsey
v.
Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. d/b/a Windsor Windows and Doors, Liz Mallaney, and Clay Coppock

Ronald Rumsey sued his former employer, Woodgrain Millwork, Inc., d/b/a Windsor Windows and Doors, Liz Mallaney, and Clay Coppock (collectively, “Windsor”) for disability discrimination and retaliation under the Iowa Civil Rights Act (“ICRA”). The jury returned a verdict for Mr. Rumsey, and awarded damages for back pay, past emotional distress, and future emotional distress. Windsor appeals, arguing: (1) the court failed to properly instruct the jury on individual liability under the ICRA with respect to Ms. Mallaney and Mr. Coppock; (2) the court erred by not directing a verdict in their favor on Mr. Rumsey’s disability, accommodation, and retaliation claims; (3) the total award of $450,000 for emotional distress is excessive because Mr. Rumsey never sought treatment for his distress; (4) the court improperly refused to allow evidence of Mr. Rumsey’s workers’ compensation settlement; and (5) the court erred by not offsetting Mr. Rumsey’s award of back pay with the workers’ compensation settlement. Mr. Rumsey cross-appealed, arguing: (1) the court erred in denying him front pay; and (2) the court erred by not allowing evidence of defendants’ employees’ prior acts of discrimination against him.

County:
Polk

Appellees

Ronald Rumsey

Appellants

Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. d/b/a Windsor Windows and Doors, Liz Mallaney, and Clay Coppock

Attorneys for Appellees

David Albrecht
Madison Fiedler Carlson

Attorneys for Appellants

Randall D. Armentrout
Leslie C. Behaunek

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Feb 17, 2021 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0135
Date Published:
Jun 25, 2021

Other Information

Date Retained:
Sep 22, 2020

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