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Lucasfilm pregnancy discrimination suit appealed

SAN FRANCISCO — A job applicant is appealing her pregnancy discrimination case against Lucasfilm to the California Supreme Court after a lower court threw out the verdict in her favor because of jury instruction errors.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VyPOg5) that attorneys for Julie Gilman Veronese filed the appeal Friday.

A Marin County jury awarded $114,000 to Veronese, and a judge awarded $1.2 million in lawyer fees.

Veronese claimed filmmaker George Lucas' firm wrongly withdrew a job offer after learning she was pregnant.

However, a state appeals court reversed the verdict, saying the trial judge made numerous errors in instructions read to the jury.

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