Defendant was plaintiff's supervisor at GM. Plaintiff suffered from a speech impediment which caused him to stutter, and defendant "maliciously and cruelly ridiculed . . . [him] thus causing tremendous nervousness, increasing the physical defect itself and further injuring the mental attitude fostered by the Plaintiff toward his problem and otherwise intentionally inflicting emotional distress." Defendant mocked plaintiff and refused to transfer him, although other employees, including other supervisors, mimicked his stuttering as well. Defendant's physician prescribed pills for his nerves during the period defendant was mistreating plaintiff.
Jury awarded plaintiff $3,500 compensatory damages and $15,000 punitive damages against both Jones and GM. The Court of Special Appeals reversed, finding no causal connection or severity of hte emotional distress.