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Decorte v. Jordan, 05-31042

In a Title VII action against a district attorney alleging intentional discrimination on the basis of race against non-attorney staff in his office, a jury verdict and damages awarded against him in his official capacity is affirmed and remanded for a determination of attorney's fees where: 1) sufficient evidence supported the verdict; 2) the district court did not err in either admitting EEOC determinations or in ruling a cultural-diversity report constituted an affirmative-action plan; 3) admission of compensatory-damages testimony was not reversible error; 4) sufficient evidence supports such damages; 5) statements by plaintiffs' counsel during closing argument were harmless error; and 6) plaintiffs should be awarded appellate attorney's fees.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/15/2007
  • Published 08/16/2007


  • RHESA HAWKINS BARKSDALE, Circuit Judge:, Before GARWOOD, BARKSDALE and GARZA, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Clement P. Donelon (argued), Roland Vaughn Cimini, Metairie, LA, Lisa Brener, New Orleans, LA, for Plaintiffs-Appellees., Donna Rau Andrieu (argued), Graham Leaming Bosworth (argued), New Orleans, LA, for Defendants-Appellants.
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