- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey county worker has been awarded more than $8 million in damages after a jury determined the county discriminated against her by refusing to let her return to work after she took medical leave for depression.

Kimberle Malta-Roman took several months of medical leave from the Hudson County Department of Family Services in 2012 to receive treatment for depression. She was fired in June 2013 after taking two additional weeks of medical leave.

A judge last year ruled that Malta-Roman should receive back pay from July 2012 to March 2015 and get her job back.

The Jersey Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2cQcHhl ) Thursday that a jury awarded her $8.45 million this week.

Malta-Roman’s attorney says the county rejected their settlement offer of $600,000.

A county spokesman says they will appeal.

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Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal

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