Jury Awards $500,000 to Former Honeywell Employee
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Honeywell Inc. has been ordered to pay a man $500,000 for urging a rival company to fire him.
An Allegheny County, Pa., jury Wednesday awarded Joseph Collincini, 42, of Crafton $100,000 in compensatory damages and $400,000 in punitive damages.
Collincini, who worked for Minneapolis-based Honeywell for 12 years, claimed the company lobbied American Technical Systems to fire him in a series of letters to the company. He was fired in April 1987.
Honeywell, which plans to appeal, said the letters notified ATS that Collincini was using information he obtained while working at Honeywell and asked him to stop. Honeywell said ATS fired Collincini because of financial difficulties at ATS.
Collincini lost his job as a salesman for industrial equipment when Honeywell cut back on employees in the Pittsburgh area in October 1986. He was hired by ATS in a similar position in December 1986.