AARP Ordered to Pay $2.1M in Damages for Illegally Firing Gay Employee

AARP Ordered to Pay $2.1M in Damages for Illegally Firing Gay Employee


AARP Services, Inc., an arm of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), must pay approximately $2.1 million to a gay employee for illegally firing him in 2018.

A D.C. Superior Court jury on March 15 handed down a verdict favoring former AARP employee Richard A. Deus Jr. based on a “preponderance of the evidence” that Deus’s sexual orientation was a “substantial contributing factor” in the company’s decision to fire him, according to court documents.

The jury awarded Deus $1,612,916.18 in compensatory damages and $578,351 in damages for emotional distress, which AARP Services is required to pay, court documents show. The jury also awarded Deus $1,118.89 from AARP Services for its alleged breach of contract in its decision to fire him.

“I’m thrilled that the jury

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