Monday, June 13, 2011

Missouri Jury Awards Woman $95 Million in Sexual Harassment Case

In perhaps a case of the worst facts I have ever read, a Missouri jury awarded a woman, Ashley Alford, $15 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages for a grand total of $95 million--a potential record. However, a cap on damages in federal sexual harassment cases will reduce that to about $41.6 million. The facts of the incidents of sexual harassment are pretty, pretty horrific:

  • The store's then-general manager, Richard Moore, began by making inappropriate comments, nicknamed her "Trixie" and "Trix," and pinched her

  • The manager gave her clothes and chocolates, progressed to groping, and sneaked up behind her as she was sitting on the floor of the stockroom and hit her on the head with his penis in the fall of 2006.

  • On Oct. 12, 2006, the suit alleges, Moore threw Alford to the ground, lifted her shirt and masturbated over her as he held her down. He was arrested later that day and awaits trial in St. Clair County Circuit Court on a charge related to the accusation.

Not that this could get any worse, the employer also ignored Alford's sexual harassment complaints until the police intervened! has the rest of the story here.

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