Jurors in Manhattan federal court Tuesday returned a verdict in favor of Jennifer Sharkey, who said the bank ruined her career by illegally dismissing her. Sharkey claimed JPMorgan Chase violated whistle-blower protections in the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
JPMorgan’s lawyers said they’d ask the judge to set the verdict aside. A hearing on the request is scheduled for later Tuesday.
The jury verdict came after years of delays, including two appeals that reinstated Sharkey’s claims and the replacement of a judge who said at a pretrial hearing that he’d “do anything to get rid of this case.”
A jury of five women and three men awarded Sharkey $563,000 in backpay and $563,000 for emotional damage.
“This was a hard-fought litigation over many years and on behalf of Ms. Sharkey, we thank the court for presiding over this matter and the jury for rendering its verdict in her favor,” Sharkey’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor said in a statement.