Jury awards half million to tech exec fired by Paso Robles firm
June 14, 2013
Paso Robles law firm Kinman and Curry successfully sued Applied Technologies Associates on behalf of Mark Kenyon, whom the company fired following the filing of a hostile work claim against him. Kenyon was a vice president of the company at the time of his termination.
Following the death of Applied Technologies’ founder and president Donald Van Steenwyk in 2009, an employee filed a claim against Kenyon for hostile supervision. An attorney then conducted an investigation into the claim, only briefly speaking with Kenyon at a nearby Starbucks.
Applied Technologies fired Kenyon without notifying him of the charges against him, Kinman and Curry said.
After a three-week jury trial in Paso Robles, all 12 jurors agreed to award Kenyon $500,671. The award is one of the largest in the history of San Luis Obispo County for wrongful terminations.
Applied Technologies Associates designs and builds technology products for the oil industry. The firm is base in Paso Robles but has more than 1,400 employees worldwide.