Jury Awards Woman $95 Million in Sexual Harassment Case
On June 9, 2011, a federal district court jury awarded a woman $95 million in a sexual harassment case against her former employer. In her lawsuit, the woman claimed that on October 12, 2006, she was sexually assaulted by her supervisor. According to evidence in the case, the supervisor began making inappropriate remarks to the 20 year old customer service representative, and then began pinching her. The sexual harassment escalated to groping her, and then on one occasion, coming up behind her and hitting her on the head with his penis. The woman testified that she made a complaint to a sexual harassment hotline, but an investigator never contacted her. The jury found that the supervisor assaulted and battered her, and that the employer failed to appropriately supervise him. The jury awarded the woman $15 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages. The employer vowed to appeal the jury's verdict.