A state superior court jury awarded a Plainfield woman $400,000 in damages in a lawsuit against her former employer, Seldon Technologies, in which the woman alleged the Windsor water filtration device maker fired her for objecting to financial irregularities involving the company’s handling of a federal government program to award U.S. visas to foreign investors.
Now comes the hard part: collecting the money.
Linda West, who worked as an accountant at Seldon from 2003 to 2012, sued the company in superior court in 2013, alleging that she was fired after she complained that the company misappropriated EB-5 funds to pay for a company officer’s purchase of Seldon stock in addition to his federal and state income taxes.
On Thursday, a six-person jury at the Woodstock courthouse, comprised of four men and two women with judge Mary Miles Teachout presiding, awarded West compensatory damages of $325,623 in lost back pay and $74,377 in lost future pay stemming from her suit, according to court documents. No punitive damages were awarded.
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