- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - AutoZone is challenging a nearly $186 million damage award a San Diego jury handed to a woman who claimed she was wrongly fired after becoming pregnant.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/18R32zN ) says a federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments from both sides.

The award was made in November in a gender discrimination and retaliation suit filed by Rosario Juarez.

She claimed that was urged to step down as manager of a National City store in 2005 after she became pregnant and was harassed, demoted and eventually fired.

The auto-parts store chain is challenging the verdict, arguing that Juarez’s legal team tainted the case through misconduct.

The judge has acknowledged some misconduct but questioned whether it influenced the verdict. The company is seeking a reduction in the award or a new trial.

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