$3,963,033 in Zhang v. American Gem Seafoods

Chinese immigrant and executive wins his race and national origin case against his former employer, receiving lost wages and $2.6 million in punitive damages. The jury’s unanimous ruling was upheld on appeal by the Ninth Circuit in 2003, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining review in 2004. According to Jury Verdicts Northwest, at the time, the verdict was the largest discrimination award in the Northwest. The case was selected by the National Employment Lawyers Association as one of the five most important cases nationally for employee rights in the last 20 years. 2004.

Articles:

“Former dissident wins race discrimination lawsuit” –AsianWeek

“U.S. firms lose bias suit to man who fled China, must pay $3.1 million” –Seattle Times