Civil Liberties

Company Ordered To Pay $240 Million in Damages to Mentally Disabled Workers

Federal jury decided they were being abused; company now defunct with assets valued at about $4 millions


A Texas company has been ordered to pay 32 mentally disabled workers $240 million in damages for what government lawyers described as years of around-the-clock abuse.

The federal jury in Davenport, Iowa, ruled Wednesday that Henry's Turkey Service, of Goldthwaite, Tex., violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and awarded 32 former workers $7.5 million in damages apiece.