Patel admitted on the stand that she had asked about Veronese's plans to grow her family during the job interview, which is illegal. Patel also expressed private concerns about hiring a pregnant woman for the job.
After informing the company of her pregnancy, Veronese was told not to come in, and her start date delayed indefinitely. When the company did set a date to start the job, it had changed to a three-week temporary position.
When Veronese expressed concern that the offer had changed because she was pregnant, she was sent a letter the next day to inform her that she was fired.
Defense attorneys tried to portray Veronese as a narcissist and socialite who only wanted the job in order to receive the benefits to cover her pregnancy costs.
The court ordered George Lucas to take the stand as a witness, but Lucas denied knowing of Veronese until the lawsuit was filed. Defense attorneys credited closing arguments by the plaintiff's counsel for swaying the jury.
Veronese was awarded $113,830 for economic and non-economic losses, with no future awards, and no punitive award. Veronese was represented by husband Joe Alioto Veronese and mother-in-law Angela Alioto, who have estimated legal costs of $600,000.
The Alioto firm is representing another former Lucasfilm employee in an additional employment discrimination case at the company.
Jackson West has no comment.