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$240 Million Verdict For Disabled Iowa Workers To Be Slashed To About $1.6 Million

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A landmark $240 million verdict for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse will be reduced to about $1.6 million because of a law capping their damages.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service agreed in legal briefs filed Friday that each plaintiff can recover $50,000 apiece, plus interest, under federal law, compared to $7.5 million a jury awarded each May 1.

Each plaintiff will also be entitled to separate back payments averaging about $50,000. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle will enter a final judgment soon.

Jurors found that Henry's Turkey Service discriminated against the men, who they hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant. The men lived in a filthy bunkhouse and faced verbal and physical abuse at home and at work.