Workers' $240M Iowa verdict will be slashed to $1.6M

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — A landmark $240 million verdict awarded to 32 mentally disabled workers who were subjected to years of abuse by their handlers in an Iowa food plant will be reduced to $1.6 million because of a federal cap, attorneys in the case agree.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service agreed in legal briefs filed late Friday that, under federal law, each plaintiff can recover only $50,000 apiece — a far cry from the $7.5 million a jury awarded each worker earlier this month.

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