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VISALIA, Calif. — The $194 million Tucoemas Federal Credit Union is continuing to appeal a punitive damage award that the California courts have made to a prior employee, according to a local press account.

The case pitted the credit union and its CEO, Linda Reese, against former employee Kim McGee. McGee had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and sued the CU in 2005 under the charge that Tucoemas leadership had discriminated against her when they demoted her and then pressured her to quit.

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