The EEOC filed a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against a large restaurant chain on behalf of a former female employee. According to the suit, the restaurant paid the female employee significantly less than a similarly qualified male employee who performed the same duties. She alleged that she was subject to different terms and conditions of employment based on her gender. She spoke to management multiple times about her concerns, but no action was taken. After her last complaint, she was terminated. The case went to trial and the jury concluded that the restaurant acted with malice and reckless indifference to her federally protected rights. The female employee was awarded more than $100,000 in compensatory damages and $2.1 million in punitive damages.