Executive Awarded $26.6 Million for Firing Over ‘Seinfeld’ Episode

A former Miller Brewing executive who sued the company for firing him has been awarded $26.6 million by a jury in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1993 Patricia Best complained to Miller Brewing Company officials after co-worker Jerold Mackenzie told her about a Seinfeld episode. In the episode, the main character could not remember the name of the woman he dated, and knew only that it rhymed with a word for a female body part. Subsequent to Best making her complaint, Mackenzie was fired from his job and sued later sued the company and Best. Mackenzie claims the company used the sexual harassment excuse to fire him; the company claims that the comment was one in a long line of problems they have had with Mackenzie. In 1989, the company had also reprimanded Mackenzie for sexual harassment. The award includes a $24.5 million verdict against Miller, $1.5 million against Best and $601,500 against Miller executive Robert Smith.


CNN - July 15,1997

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