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Sexual Harassment - Verdicts, Settlements & Indemnity

     Monthly Law Journal Article: Workplace Harassment by Law Enforcement and Correctional Supervisors, Part 1, Sexual Harassment, 2013 (9) AELE Mo. L. J. 201.

     California appellate panel affirms an award of $1,237,086 in compensatory damages and an equal amount in punitive damages against an employer. "...there was substantial evidence supporting the jury's finding that plaintiff's complaint of sexual harassment of a colleague was a motivating reason for her discharge." Green v. LAIBCO, #B212933, 192 Cal.App.4th 441, 2011 Cal. App. Lexis 119, 111 FEP Cases (BNA) 783 (2nd Dist.).
     Fifth Circuit affirms a jury award of $230,000 for backpay and compensatory damages, finding that the plaintiff was sexually harassed by a captain. Owen v. Harris County, #09-20479, 2010 U.S. App. Lexis 17850, 110 FEP Cases (BNA) 10 (5th Cir.).
     Former secretary to a suburban Chicago chief deputy sheriff accepts $188,000 to settle her sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. Easi v. Randall, #1:08-cv-07024 (N.D. Ill. 2009).
     Private prison operators agree to pay $1.3 million to settle a suit claiming that women employees at the prison were subjected to sexual harassment that included male managers forcing them to perform sex acts in order to keep their jobs. In the settlement, the defendants did not admit liability. EEOC v. Corrections Corp. of Amer. and Dominion Corr. Serv., #1:06-cv-01956, settlement; prior decisions at 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19538 and 20125 (D. Colo. 2009). EEOC press release.
     Jury awards a LAPD officer $1 million in economic damages, and $1.3 million in non-economic loss, including emotional distress. She alleged discrimination and abuse while assigned to the Valley Traffic Division in 1996, and was retaliated against for reporting the harassment to Internal Affairs. Borck v. City of Los Angeles, #2:99-cv-11575 (C.D. Calif. 2009). In 2008, the city settled a similar claim for $2.25 million. Fuller v. City of Los Angeles, L.A. Co. Super. Ct. #BC346464 (Unpub. 2008).
     Five-judge appellate panel upholds an award to a woman corrections officer that complained of sexual harassment and retaliation, but reduces her recovery from $850,000 to $200,000. N.Y. State Dept. of Corr. Serv. v. N.Y. State Div. of Human Rights (Humig), #504007, 2008 NY Slip Op 6246, 53 A.D.3d 823, 861 N.Y. Supp.2d 494, 2008 N.Y. App. Div. Lexis 7594 (3rd Dept.).
     Federal jury awards $658,000 in compensatory and $100,000 in punitive damages to four Mississippi women firefighters who sued over a sexually hostile environment and retaliation by their superiors and coworkers. The misconduct allegedly included sexual advances, intimidation, and offering money or gifts in exchange for sex. Alexander v. Jackson, #3:04-cv-614, Pacer Doc. 168 & 169 (S.D. Miss. 2007); verdict reported at 45 (2211) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 728.
     First Circuit upholds a jury award of $1,205,000 in compensatory damages and $1,027,501 in punitive damages against a police union and others. A woman union member alleged sexual harassment during a union event, and a union official made threatening and intimidating remarks about her on television. Dixon v. IBPO L-382, #06-1210, 2007 U.S. App. Lexis 22891, 101 FEP Cases (BNA) 1121 (1st Cir.).
     New York State Div. of Human Rights awards $850,000 in compensatory damages for the harassment of a lesbian corrections officer. The agency found that she was subjected to a "daily, relentless regimen of humiliating insults" placing her in an "extremely serious and dangerous situation" by disclosing her sexual orientation to inmates. Humig v. New York State Dept. of Corr. Servs., #7905228 (N.Y. Div. of Hum. Rts.10/11/07), summarized at 45 (2227) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1213.
     Eleventh Circuit vacates a sexual harassment verdict of $400,000 and remands for an entry of judgment of $300,000. Bradshaw v. School Bd. of Broward Co., #06-13182, 2007 U.S. App. Lexis 11354 (11th Cir.).
     Federal jury awards $1 million in compensatory damages to a male NYC corrections officer that alleged he had been subjected to a hostile work environment by a woman captain's unwelcome sexual proposals. Singleton v. City of New York, #05-7769, 45 (2197) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 312 (S.D.N.Y. 2007).
     Woman Illinois State Police sergeant, who alleged that she was sexually harassed by her supervisor and then received negative performance ratings and inferior work assignments after she complained, wins a jury verdict of $146,000. Storey v. Ill. State Police, #05CV-4011, verdict (S.D. Ill. 2006); prior rulings at 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 8127 and 57970. {N/R}
     Former police officer wins $700,000 in compensatory and $1 million in punitive damages for enduring repeated sexual and derogatory remarks. Barth v. Vil.of Mokena, #03 Civ 6677, Pacer Doc. 330 (N. D. Ill.2006). Prior rulings at: 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19702, 97 FEP Cases (BNA) 1764 (3/31/2006); at 2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 8316 (5/7/2004); and at 2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 2789 (2/24/2004). [2006 FP Sep]
Appellate court confirms a jury award of $80,740 to a female employee for sexual harassment by male coworker is affirmed; although his touching of her buttocks and body occurred only few times over several months, she lost sleep, was nervous and sought medical assistance. Speedway SuperAmerica v. DuPont, #5D04-14, 2006 Fla. App. Lexis 8251, 98 FEP Cases (BNA) 459 (Fla. App. 2006). {N/R}
     First Circuit upholds a jury verdict for more than $1 million in favor of a Puerto Rican police officer who claimed that a sergeant sexually harassed her and management took no remedial action. The panel found that the amount was neither excessive nor conscience-shocking, because the plaintiff proved severe economic and emotional injury, including the loss of her house and car, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Valentín-Almeyda v. Munic. of Aguadilla, #04-2413, 447 F.3d 85, 2006 U.S. App. Lexis 11584 (1st Cir. 2006). {N/R}
     Treasury Dept. agrees to settle a class action of 32 sexual harassment claims at the Denver Mint for $8,990,000. Wylie v. Treasury Dept., EEOC #07A4001244, 44 (2152) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 392 (EEOC 2006); Agency #03-0008C; prior decis, Appeal #07A40012 rptd. at 2004 EEOPUB Lexis 7016 (EEOC 2004). {N/R}
     After the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, a federal jury has rejected the sexual harassment claims of a former state police dispatcher who accused officers of discussing sex and making obscene gestures. Suders v. Penn. State Police, Verdict, #1:CV:00-01655 (M.D. Pa. 2005), on remand from #03-95, 124 S.Ct. 2342, 2004 U.S. Lexis 4176 (2004). [2005 FP May]
     Three women police officers who won $3.5 million for sexual harassment settle their claims for $4 million. The settlement includes $3 million from the city and $1 million from a law firm that was sued by the plaintiffs in a second lawsuit for allegedly defamatory remarks made by counsel after the jury verdict. Frieders v. City of Glendale, #BC263271, 42 (2086) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1167 (Cal. Super. 11/12/04). {N/R}
     San Francisco suburb to pay almost $2 million in damages and legal costs to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by four women ex-officers, who claimed they suffered indignities, received different treatment and were denied promotional opportunities because of their gender. Wowak v. City of Sunnyvale, #5:03-cv-00394, case dismissed; settlement reported at 174 Lab. Rltns. Rptr. (BNA) 466 (N.D. Cal. 5/6/04). [2004 FP Sep]
     Federal jury in Chicago has awards $500,000 to a former manager in the office of the Inspector General of Cook County. Roberts v. Cook County, #01 C 9373, (N.D. Ill. 2004); prior interim ruling at 213 F. Supp.2d 882 (2002). [2004 FP Apr]
     EEOC suit in behalf of a woman truck driver results in a verdict for $101,400 in backpay, $290,000 in front pay, $350,000 for emotional suffering and $2.5 million in punitive damages, for a total award of $3,241,400. EEOC v. Fed Ex, #1:02-cv-1194 (M.D. Pa. verdict 2004). {N/R}
     Federal appeals court finds that a judgment for sexual harassment is not dischargeable in federal bankruptcy proceedings. Jones v. Svreck, #02-044, 300 B.R. 133, 2003 Bankr. Lexis 1302, 42 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 4 (1st Cir. Bank. 2003). [2004 FP Feb]
    New Jersey Supreme Court affirms a $750,000 compensatory damage award to a male officer who claimed harassment by a woman coworker. It set aside a $3 million in punitive damages against the Dept. of Corrections, and remanded the case because of faulty jury instructions. Lockley v. State of New Jersey DoC, #A-108-2001, 177 N.J. 413, 828 A.2d 869, 2003 N.J. Lexis 868 (N.J. 2003). {N/R}
     Kentucky Supreme Court upholds a $120,000 compensatory damages verdict for a woman corrections officer who was passed over for promotion 26 times after she filed a sexual harassment complaint; punitive damages not available under state law. Kentucky Dept. of Corr. v. McCullough, #2000-SC-0727-DG, 2003 Ky. Lexis 180, 92 FEP Cases (BNA) 953 (Ky. 2003). {N/R}
     Public employer pays $435,000 to employees who inadvertently saw porn pics on computers owned by the city. Management failed to respond to their complaints. Adamson v. Minneapolis Public Library, #03-CV-2521 (D. Minn. 2003). [2003 FP Nov]
     Sheriff's investigator awarded $500,000 against the county and $200,000 against a superior who allegedly put his face in the plaintiff's crotch, and twice bit her on the buttocks. Kessel v. Cook County, #1:00cv03980 (N.D.Ill. 2003). {N/R}
     Three women police officers win $3.5 million for sexual harassment. Frieders v. City of Glendale, #BC263271, 41 (2014) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 638 (L.A. Co. Calif. Super. Ct. 2003). [2003 FP Aug]
     Private employer agrees to pay $10 million to settle harassment complaints of 91 women employed at a suburban Chicago soap facility. EEOC v. The Dial Corp., #99 C 3356 (N.D. Ill. 2003). {N/R}
     California county agrees to pay $250,000 to a former ranger for gender bias and harassment. She alleged continuing mistreatment after the county settled an earlier lawsuit that she had filed. Christensen v. Monterey County, as rptd. in the Monterey Herald (3-23-2003). {N/R}
     Illinois counties are required by statute to indemnify sheriffs for judgments and settlements against them for all official acts, and a county was required to pay a $500,000 consent judgment for sexual harassment. Carver v. Sheriff of La Salle County, #91108, 91 FEP Cases (BNA) 29, 2003 Ill. Lexis 13 (Ill. 2003). Also see 243 F.3d 379, 2001 U.S. App. Lexis 3934 (7th Cir. Ill. 2001). {N/R}
     Michigan appeals court affirms a $21 million verdict for a woman who endured seven years of harassment. Gilbert v. Daimler-Chrysler, #227392, 2002 Mich. App. Lexis 1168 (Unpub. Mich.App. 2002). {N/R}
     California appeals court affirms a sexual harassment award against a city housing authority in the amounts of $500,000 for emotional distress damages, $173,866 in interest, $611,898 in attorneys' fees, and $11,986 in costs and $30,000 in discovery sanctions. Walker v. San Francisco Housing Auth., #A0954767, 100 Cal.App.4th 685, 122 Cal.Rptr.2d 758, 2002 Cal. App. Lexis 4442 (2002). {N/R}
     A $30 million punitive damages jury verdict against a private employer has been cut to $8.25 million by the judge. Gober v. Ralphs Grocery, Super. Ct. #N72142, San Diego Co. Calif., rptd. in the S.F. Recorder (7/17/2002). {N/R}
     Federal judge sets aside a $3 million verdict for sexual harassment of a woman police officer as "grossly excessive;" damages reduced to $300,000. Spina v. Forest Preserve Dist. of Cook Co., #98-C-1393, 207 F.Supp.2d 764, 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 9818 (N.D.Ill. 2002); interim rulings at: 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19146 (11-22-2001); 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11670, 86 FEP Cases (BNA) 1099 (8-6-2001); 1999 U.S. Dist. Lexis 18832 (11-29-1999). [2002 FP Feb]
     Appellate court affirms a jury award of $625,000 in compensatory and $500,000 in punitive damages. Although the conduct was not especially severe, it continued for many years. Mancini v. Twp. of Teaneck, #A-2186-00T5, 794 A.2d 185, 2002 N.J. Super. Lexis 165 (N.J. App. 2002). [2002 FP Jul]
     Second Circuit allows juries to award punitive damages without awarding compensatory damages in sexual harassment and discrimination cases. Cush-Crawford v. Adchem Corp., 00-7617, 2001 U.S. App. Lexis 24806 (2nd Cir.). [2002 FP Feb]
     City worker awarded $275,000 for retaliation; she complained of obscene language during a cable TV show shown in the employee break room. Ericson v. City of Meriden, #3:99CV2143 (D. Conn.), Connecticut Law Tribune (Oct. 8, 2001); prior ruling at 113 F.Supp.2d 276, 2000 U.S. Dist. Lexis 14496. [2001 FP 157]
     Federal appeals court reinstates a $275,000 verdict for a woman firefighter and rejects the city's argument that firefighter behavior should be evaluated in the context of a blue-collar environment. O'Rourke v. City of Providence, #99-2346 & 00-1008, 2001 U.S. App. Lexis 165, 235 F.3d 71, 85 FEP Cases (BNA) 1135 (1st Cir.). [2001 FP 123-4]
     Federal jury awarded a woman $2.75 million because male coworkers played loud, sexually explicit music at work and management took no action. The court reduced the award to $300,000 plus $113,000 in legal fees. Strain v. Lear Corp., #00-C-05295 (Unrptd. W.D. Wis., 4/4/2001). {N/R}
     Illinois fire district pays $145,000 to settle two claims of sexual harassment. The former paramedics claimed groping, lewd jokes and pornographic matter left lying around. Jones and L'Heureux v. Cary Fire Prot. Dist., (Unrptd. N.D. Ill. 2000); Chicago Sun-Times (12/13/2000 p. 14). {N/R}
     FBI pays a settlement of $150,000 plus attorneys fees to woman agent who complained of sexually-oriented teasing, harassment, and ridicule that was not only condoned by and participated in by her supervisors. Anderson v. Reno, 97-0747, settlement rptd. at 38 (1887) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1284 (N.D. Cal.); prior decis. at 190 F.3d 930, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 21387, 80 FEP Cases (BNA) 1663 (9th Cir. 1999). {N/R}
     An appellate court in Wisconsin upholds a $389,434 verdict plus one year of future pay for a former paramedic who claimed she was sexually harassed by her supervisor. Salveson v. Douglas Co., #99-0946, 2000 WI App 80, 234 Wis. 2d 413, 2000 Wisc.App. Lexis 267, 38 (1859) G.E.R.R. 518 (3/28/00). [2000 FP 92]
     Federal appeals court affirms a jury finding of no liability in suit by a woman police officer alleging sexual harassment by a superior. LaClair v. City of St. Paul, 187 F.3d 824, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 18788, 15 IER Cases (BNA) 850. {N/R}
     Federal appeals court affirms liability against a code enforcement officer who, for 15 years, sexually harassed building permit applicants. Johnson v. Martin, 195 F.3d 1208, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 28131 (10th Cir.) {N/R}
     Two court employees accept $1 million to settle their sexual harassment lawsuit. The claimed they were routinely subjected to obscene sexual comments by male co-workers and supervisors and that nothing was done to correct the problem. Wayman v. San Bernardino Co, #273502, 37 (1842) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1618. (Cal.Super. 1999). {N/R}
     $100,000 sexual harassment verdict awarded a woman police officer is affirmed by an appeals court. Curry v. Dist. of Col., #98-7121, 338 U.S. App. D.C. 439, 195 F.3d 654, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 29442, 81 FEP Cases (BNA) 307 (D.C. Cir. 1999). {N/R}
     District of Columbia Government agrees to pay $8.5 million in damages and legal costs to women corrections officers. Neal v. D.C. Corr. Dept., #93-2420 (D.D.C. 1999). Settlement rptd. at 37 (1820) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 850. Prior decis. at 1995 U.S. Dist. Lexis 11461 (D.D.C). Fitzpatrick v. City of Atlanta, 2 F.3d 1112, 1120-21 (11th Cir. 1993). [1999 FP 138]
     Male officer wins $3.75 million verdict; other recent awards, reductions and settlements noted. Lockley v. New Jersey, #L-03195-94, Burlington Co. N.J., 37 (1817) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 693 (5/28/1999). [1999 FP 108-9]
     Bay area police dept. settles eight hostile work environment claims for $1.25 million. Bauman et al v. Concord; Jones v. Concord (unrptd. 1999); summary in Contra Costa Times, 3/24/99. [1999 FP 94]
     Jury in Visalia awards $92,500 to four women who allegedly quit as police officers because of sexual harassment. Bennett et al v. Visalia, Tulare Co. Super.Ct. #178360, 37 (1805) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 341 (verdict, 3/3/99). [1999 FP 94]
     Appellate court reduces damages for short-term supervisory harassment from $125,000 to $50,000, because the plaintiff's emotional injury ended after she left her job. Barna v. City of Cleveland, #96-3971, 96-4178, 97-4130, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 31986 (Unpub., 6th Cir.). [1999 FP 78]
     New Jersey Supreme Court holds that workers' comp. insurance covers sexual harassment lawsuits. Insurance policy exclusions for those claims are unenforceable and violate public policy. Schmidt v. Smith, 155 N.J. 44, 713 A.2d 1014, 1998 N.J. Lexis 601. [1999 FP 60-1]
     Houston officer wins $128,000 in damages and $200,617 in legal expenses because her sergeant failed to halt ongoing harassment by a coworker. Williamson v. Houston, 148 F.3d 462, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 16771 (5th Cir.). [1999 FP 12]
     NY county police force held liable to a woman officer who alleged a long history of sex discrimination and harassment; jury awarded of $541,001, reduced to $225,001, must be further reduced. Annis v. Westchester Co, 136 F.3d 239, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 1449 (2nd Cir.). {N/R}
     Sheriff's Dept. in Chicago pays $225,000 to settle a sexual harassment and wrongful termination suit brought by an administrative assistant against the Sheriff's Director of Operations. County also spent $426,098 in legal defense fees. Conway v. Walsh, verdict rptd. at 37 (1816) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 663; prestlmt. opin. at 1999 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6979 (N.D.Ill. 1999). {N/R}
     Woman police officer in England awarded UK £150,000 (US $240,000) by a disabilities compensation authority. Male officers began rumors that she obtained confessions by performing oral sex acts on criminal suspects. The tribunal also awarded a full disability pension. Mazurkiewicz and Thames Valley Police, Reading (U.K.) Indus. Trib., The Times (London) 5-14-1998, p. 3. {N/R}
     NC corrections employee receives $217,000, plus in $97,678 in legal fees, to settle her harassment claim. Robinson v. N.C. Dept. of Corrections, #5:98-CV-584-BR-3, 37 (1828) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1203 (E.D.N.C. 1999). {N/R}
     Four women officers in Minnesota recover $199,000. Kennedy v. St. Paul, Ramsey Co., #C6-93-8809, 36 G.E.R.R. (BNA) #1763 (Minn. Dist.Ct. 1998). [1998 FP 140-1]
     Woman trooper in Louisiana is awarded $600,000. Mistretta v. Louisiana, #95-754-B-M1, 36 G.E.R.R. (BNA) 726 (M.D.La. 1998). [1998 FP 141]
     Record $34 million to be paid to 350 women that were subjected to harassment. Defendant also consented to outside monitoring of complaints. EEOC v. Mitsubishi. Prior decis. at 990 F. Supp. 1059 (C.D.Ill. 1998) and 102 F.3d 869 (7th Cir. 1996). [1998 FP 124-5]
     Appellate court upholds a $3.5 million punitive award for sexual harassment, an amount 70 times greater than the compensatory damages. Weeks v. Baker & McKenzie, #A068499, 1998 Cal.App. Lexis 396, 76 FEP Cases (BNA) 1219. [1998 FP 93]
     Mass. State Police reported to have secretly paid $290,000 to a woman trooper who claims she was raped while on duty by a male trooper. Source: Boston Globe 4/23/1998 p. A01. [1998 FP 93]
     Woman officer in Oregon recovers $225,000 for harassment and retaliation for filing a complaint. Sheriff failed to give adequate discipline to offending deputy. Mockler v. Multnomah Co.,140 F.3d 808, 76 FEP Cases (BNA) 890, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 6440 (9th Cir.). [1998 FP 94]
     Federal appeals court upholds the legal basis for a claim but sets aside the award because old and prejudicial evidence was considered by the jury. $225,001 award set aside. Annis v. Westchester County, N.Y., 136 F.3d 239, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 1449 (2nd Cir.). [1998 FP 77-8]
     Houston jury awards $310,00 to a sheriff's deputy for harassment and retaliation. McKenzie v. San Patricio County, #C-97-131, 36 G.E.R.R. (BNA) #1757 (S.D.Tex. 1998). [1998 FP 78]
     Jury awards former Texas deputy sheriff $110,000 compensatory and $200,000 in punitive damages for sexual harassment and retaliation. McKenzie v. San Patricio Co., #C- 97-131, 36 G.E.R.R. (BNA) #1757 (S.D.Tex. 1998). [1998 FP 107-8]
     Federal court in NY upholds a $60,000 award to a woman public employee who experienced emotional trauma from hearing about sexual harassment of her fellow employees. Leibovitz v. NYC Transit Auth., 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6472. [1998 FP 92]
     A California city has paid $900,000 to settle a sexual discrimination and harassment suit brought by a former Fire Dept. contract physician. Braun v. San Francisco, Cal.Super. #969799, 36 G.E.R.R. (BNA) #1757 (1998). [1998 FP 78]
     Federal appeals court upholds damage claims of outrageous conduct in suit brought by five women workers who were subjected to verbal abuse by a male coworker. Verdicts ranged from $30,000 to $275,000. Manning v. M.L.I., 127 F.3d 686, 1997 U.S. App. Lexis 27935; 75 FEP Cases (BNA) 129. [1998 FP 12-13]
     Jury awards woman fire captain $347,000. $100,000 was punitive damages for a sexually hostile environment; $50,000 was for retaliation she suffered after reporting the harassment. Another $150,000 in punitives was for discriminatory treatment. Her attorney was seeking a fee award of about $500,000. Kline v. City of Kansas City, #94-0723-CV-W-3, 35 (1743) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1567 (W.D.Mo. 1997). {N/R}
     Woman officer recovers $625,000 for emotional distress. She alleged that male officers first harassed her and then caused her to be terminated. Hoban v. County of Riverside, Docket #219376, 108 (90) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 14 (Cal.Super. 1997). [1997 FP 105]
     $50 million verdict reduced to $350,000. Employer had anti-harassment and "open door" employee policies. Kimzey v. Wal-Mart Stores, 107 F.3d 568, 73 FEP Cases (BNA) 87, 1997 U.S.App. Lexis 2853 (8th Cir.). [1997 FP 61]
     $2 million verdict capped at $300,000. Worker suffered post traumatic stress disorder from the harassment and a supervisor's threat against her. Holmes v. Wal-Mart Stores, #95-137-CIV-FTM-25D, 1997 FEP Summary (BNA) 120 (M.D.Fla. 1996). {N/R}
     Corrections technician awarded $480,000 against a California sheriff's dept. for enduring 20 months of harassment. Barbour v. Co. of Orange, Super.Ct. #727213, 109 (251) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 9 (1996). [1997 FP 27]
     U.S. Army pays civilian security guard $60,000 to settle her claims that male fellow officers verbally harassed her, and she was reassigned to a boring post in a trailer when she complained about her treatment. Port v. West, #AMD 95-1315, 34 (1693) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1688 (D.Md. 1966). {N/R}
     Police dispatcher accepts $500,000 to drop her suit alleging she was fondled, was repeatedly solicited for sex and was required to view a pornographic video. Naholnik v. Town of Waterford, #3:93-CV-00683 (RNC), 34 (1671) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 904 (D.Conn. 1996). [1996 FP 139-40]
     Woman police sergeant wins $1,275,000 for verbal abuse, harassment and retaliation. Hurley v. Atlantic City Police Dept., #93260 & 94-122, 34 (1659) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 498 (D.N.J. 1996). [1996 FP 108]; Note: verdict later reduced to $875,000, of which $700,000 was punitive. See 933 F.Supp. 396 {N/R}
     California county was not required to pay a $2.2 million judgment awarded three women deputy sheriffs who were harassed in the workplace by a male deputy; county was not required to indemnify or defend the deputy as his acts were outside the scope of his employment. Farmers Insur. v. Co. of Santa Clara, 906 P.2d 440, 11 Cal.4th 992, 1995 Cal. Lexis 6796. [1996 FP 44-5]
     County pays $200,000 to woman officer who claimed she was fondled by the chief; she was transferred after complaining about his conduct. Doe v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co. Super.Ct., 109 (9) L.A.D.J. (V&S) 3 (1995). [1996 FP 45]
     Former police secretary agrees to $135,000 to settle her claims against the city, several members of the P.D. and the police chief. The amount includes legal fees. She alleged unwanted physical contact, lewd comments, and claims she was forced to view porno videos with male officers. Niskanen v. St. Francis, #3-93-CV-828, 33 (1627) G.E.R.R. 1051 (D.Minn. 1995). {N/R}
     Mass. town ordered to pay $253,572 for mistreatment of a civilian dispatcher who was subjected to profanity and demeaning work assignments (washing dishes). Baldelli v. Southborough Police Dept., #88-WEM-0041, 33 (1631) G.E.R.R. (1178) (Mass.C.A.D. 1995). {N/R}
     Ex L.A.P.D. officer accepts $165,000 to settle her suit against the city. She alleged she was raped by a male officer at the police academy. Campbell v. City of Los Angeles, #BC 065939, 108 (16) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 3 (L.A. Co. Super. Ct. 1/24/95). [1995 FP 76]
     FBI settles three sexual harassment cases for a total of $645,000. Doucette v. Reno, #CIV 93-1198, 33 (1602) G.E.R.R. 222 (C.D.Ariz. 1995); Alduenda v. Reno (C.D.Cal. 1995); Power-Anderson v. U.S., #SA-CV-94-43 (C.D.Cal. 1995). [1995 FP 76-7]
     Kansas pays $43,667 to woman corrections officer who was subjected to severe verbal harassment. U.S. v. State of Kansas, D.O.J. Media Rel. 95-017 (D.Kan. 1995). [1995 FP 77]
     Woman security officer accepts $1.5 million settlement for enduring sexual harassment by male officers. Doe v. Confidential Employer, 107 (193) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 6, L.A. Co., Cal. Super.Ct. Dept. 54 (1994). [1995 FP 28]
     California city settles complaints of two women workers for $225,000. Doe and Roe v. City (I.D. Confidential, L.A. Co. Super.Ct. (7/9/94), summary in 107 (154) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 8 (8/12/94). [1995 FP 12]
     Calif. Superior Court reduces a $6.9 mill. verdict to $3.5 mill. Secretary proved a partner in a law firm sexually harassed her. Even with the reduction, it is the largest to-date verdict for workplace sexual harassment. Weeks v. Baker & McKenzie, 66 FEP Cases (BNA) 581 (Cal.Super. 1994). {N/R}
     Canadian Mounted Police lose sexual harassment trial; woman recovers (U.S.) $67,600 for mistreatment. Clark and H.M. the Queen, Fed.Ct. of Canada #T-648-89, summary in 2 (20) Emp. Discr. Rep. (BNA) 616 (1994). [1994 FP 156-7]
     Federal court upholds jury award of $35,700 against a male relief sergeant. Evidence showed he made a woman officer's working conditions intolerable for two days per week, and he treated her differently than other subordinates because she was female. Stafford v. St. of Missouri, 835 F.Supp. 1136 (W.D.Mo. 1994) {N/R}
     Idaho state employee awarded $103,000 for sexual harassment. Patterson v. State of Idaho, Idaho 4th Dist.Ct. #92-773, 32 (1550) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 155 (1994). [1994 FP 157]
     California police dept. settles harassment and retaliation claim for $45,000. Woman officer complained that a superior "leered" at her breasts and discussed sex with her. Doe v. City of Chula Vista, San Diego Co., Cal., summary in 107 (57) L.A.D.J. (Verd. & Setlmts.) 3 (1994). [1994 FP 107]
     California police dept. wins jury trial on sexual harassment complaint. Plaintiff demanded $80,000 to settle the suit and the city offered $15,000 which was rejected. Rehberg v. San Bernardino Unif. School Dist. Police Dept., San Bernardino Co., Cal. Super. Ct. #265035, 107 (42) L.A.D.J. (V&S) 3 (1994). [1994 FP 77]
     Los Angeles pays $4.5 million to the family of a teenager molested by a uniformed officer. Doe v. Tanabe, summary in 28 (19) Bus. Insur. 4, L.A. Co., Cal. Super. Ct. 1994). [1994 FP 141]
     Two of ten women Newport Beach, Cal., police officers who alleged sexual harassment settle their lawsuits for $113,000 and $62,500. The complaints purportedly induced the chief and a captain to prematurely retire, summary in L.A.Times 2/1/95. {N/R}
     Huntington Park (Calif.) woman police officer receives $187,500 to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit; three employees were removed, summary in L.A. Times 1/22/94. {N/R}
     Woman, who repeatedly was covertly observed by male coworkers while showering, is awarded $55,000 in compensatory and punitive damages plus legal fees. Manning v. Wire Rope Corp., Jackson Co. Mo. Cir.Ct., 63 FEP Cases (BNA) 1156 (1993). [1994 FP 106]
     Texas constable wins $3 million in his counterclaim against a woman who falsely accused him of sexual harassment. Plaintiff's lawyer faces a $70,000 sanction for bringing a suit without verification of the evidence. Willis v. Freeman, [Unrptd., summary at 16 (14) Natl. L.J. 55 (S.D.Tex. 1993). [1994 FP 42-3]
     Jury awards $3.1 million to two women police officers who were sexually harassed by male coworkers. Clerkin v. City of Long Beach; Allison v. City of Long Beach, U.S. Dist. Ct. (C.D. Cal. 1991), summary in L.A. Times 10/14/93. [1991 FP 170]
     Woman police lieutenant who recovered $290,000 for sexual harassment in 1985, receives $73,400 in a second suit claiming further discrimination and retaliation. Arnold v. City of Seminole, 614 F.Supp. 853 (E.D. Okla. 1985) as Rptd. in The Wall Street Journal, p. B-3 (10/18/91).
     Iowa Supreme Court upholds $10,000 award to a woman police officer who received unwanted, sexually-oriented comments and who claimed retaliatory action after making a complaint. Lynch v. City of Des Moines, 454 N.W.2d 827 (Iowa 1990).
     Federal appeals court sustains damage awards against a police captain and a sergeant for tolerating sexually offensive work conditions. Verdicts against city totaled $230,000 and $165,000 against the captain. Andrews v. City of Philadelphia, 895 F.2d 1469 (3rd Cir. 1990).
     Female police dispatcher wins $150,000 for mistreatment by a sergeant; he had pulled down her clothing so another officer could photograph her breast. [Sydney] Brauer v. [Robert] White, Unrptd., 136 (87) Chicago Daily Law Bull. 1 (5/2/90).
     Federal jury awards Santa Clara sheriff's deputy $700,000 for emotional distress in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Murphy v. County of Santa Clara, #C-89-2328-CAL, U.S. Dist. Ct. (N.D. Cal. 10/3/91). [1992 FP 12]
     San Diego approves $90,000 settlement to woman police employee who's shirt was doused with water by an officer. Molina v. City of San Diego, Unrptd., City Council Mtg. 11/25/91. [1992 FP 27]
     Former Minneapolis police officer recovers $165,000 for emotional distress and retaliation after filing a sexual harassment complaint. Eggimann v. City of Mnpls., Unrptd., 4th Jud. Dist. #MC90-2204, 30 (1477) G.E.R.R. (BNA) 1126 (1992). [1992 FP 157-8]
     $25,000 compensatory and $5,000 punitive damages awarded female clerical worker after male supervisor grabbed her by the crotch. Mobley v. Black, Unrptd., Montgomery Co. MD, Cir. Ct. #CV-88-178-PR (Jan. 1989).
     Female police officer recovers $900,000 for emotional distress and sexual solicitation by superior officers. Preston v. Douglas, Unrptd., Wayne Co. Mich. Cir. Ct. #84-414100-NI, 19 Media & Govt. Qtrly. (JVRS) 2 (1987).
     Federal court awards $33,055 in legal fees, $25,000 for emotional distress and $4,150 in medical expenses to harassed fire dispatcher. Bohen v. City of East Chicago, 666 F.Supp. 154 (N.D. Ind. 1987).
     Female dispatcher recovers four million against police officer who assaulted her. City not liable, but woman appeals. [Name withheld] v. [John] Casey Jr., U.S. Dist. Ct. (S.D. Tex. 1/16/88).
     Female former sheriff's deputy receives $109,600 judgment plus $100,000 in legal fees for sexual touching. Stewart v. Co. of Sonoma, 634 F.Supp. 773 (N.D. Cal. 1986).
     Damages awarded for lewd remarks and other sexual harassment. Brown v. City of Guthrie, 22 FEP Cases (BNA) 1627 (W.D. Okla. 1980).
     Female fire dept. paramedic gets $75,000 settlement. Male firefighters "forced" her to shave her pubic hair in hazing ritual. Bryne v. City, L.A. Co. Sup'r Ct. of Judge H. Ackerman (2/22/84).
     State agency awards $25,000 punitive damages and $27,337 compensatory damages to female who was sexually abused by her superior; damages assessed against employer. Wilson v. Romero, Cal. Fair Emplmnt. Cmsn., Feb. 5, 1982.


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