Woman Who Won Sexual Discrimination Case Against UPS Talks With NewsWest 9

Woman Who Won Sexual Discrimination Case Against UPS Talks With NewsWest 9

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa woman who fought the shipping giant, UPS, in a sexual discrimination case, had a big day in court on Wednesday. She won her lawsuit.

"Ready for some closure so we can move on. It's been a long four years," Amber Ibarra said while holding back tears.

After a two day trial, and less than an hour of deliberations, a jury in Midland ruled in her favor. She was awarded $600,000. Ibarra said she didn't do this for the monetary gain.

"It's never been about the money, its been about the principal, all I wanted was my job back," she told NewsWest 9.

In fact, her attorney, Holly Williams, said they never asked for a specific amount.

"We left the amount up to the jury and we feel it's a fair and reasonable amount," Williams said.

Ibarra said she has faced retaliation recently from some employees but she has also received praise.

"My neighbor brought me flowers. She told her 6th grade daughter about my case and how I stood up for females and women all over the world. It really made me feel good," Ibarra said.

Both Williams and Ibarra have young daughters. They said this is a lesson to them, and all women, to stand up for what's right.

"Stand up for yourself and don't back down, because women have rights too," Ibarra said.

NewsWest 9 spoke to UPS's attorney. He said they were disappointed in the verdict. In the next couple of days, they plan to see what post-trial motions they can file.