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$4.5M Verdict for Sexual Harassment Retaliation

susan_harr5 years ago

A Los Angeles court awarded a man $4.5 million after he was fired for reporting sexual harassment at his workplace. The man had been working as a plant manager for the company for 13 months when he became aware that the CEO was sexually harassing one of his plant administrators. The woman, a married mother of four, told the plaintiff the CEO had hugged, kissed, and verbally harassed her at work.

Retaliatory Firing

The plaintiff confronted the CEO and asked for an apology. An internal investigation took place, and it was determined that no harassment occurred. The plaintiff was fired two months later for failing to comply with the correct procedure for reporting sexual harassment. Defendants said he had violated company policy by going straight to the CEO with his accusation. When the case went to trial, the defendants further contended the plaintiff was also fired for being a poor manager, lying on his resume, and repeatedly refusing to acknowledge or comply with corporate directives.

$4.5 Million Verdict

The jury reached a unanimous verdict- they found the company illegally fired the plaintiff for reporting the sexual harassment. He was awarded:

  • $418,771 for past and future lost wages
  • $1 million for past and future emotional distress
  • $4 million in punitive damages

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