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$________ INCLUDING $________ PUNITIVE DAMAGE AWARD AGAINST INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT - Civil Rights – Gender discrimination – Hostile work environment – Retaliation – Female police officer alleged she was sexually harassed and retaliated against by her male supervisor.

U.S. District Court, Eastern, New York

In this discrimination matter, the female plaintiff alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and a hostile work environment by her male supervisor. When the plaintiff complained, she was retaliated against by the supervisor. The plaintiff suffered damages including emotional distress as a result of the defendant’s actions. The defendant denied the allegations, and disputed that there was any discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation. The defendant also disputed the plaintiff’s allegations of damages.

The female plaintiff was an employee in the defendant’s police department. In ________, she was a patrol officer in the Transit Bureau, a position she held from ________. The plaintiff was transferred into the headquarters from her patrol position and was supervised by the defendant officer. Within two months of her transfer the plaintiff started being subjected to unwanted sexual advances and harassment by the defendant. On one occasion, he grabbed her in a storage room while she was retrieving equipment at his request and attempted to kiss her. He tried to touch her inappropriately, and when she rebuffed him, he began a campaign of consistently leaving her notes, voicemails, and would come by her desk making inappropriate remarks. He opened his pants and showed the plaintiff his underwear on one occasion, and showed her pornography he had open on his computer when she came into the office. When she rebuffed his constant advances and unwanted sexual innuendos, he began to retaliate against her and alleged that she was being insubordinate. The defendant continued his actions for several years, and the plaintiff’s attempts to complain went unanswered. The plaintiff brought suit alleging violations of her civil rights under Title VII, as well as asserting gender discrimination and retaliation.

The defendants denied the allegations and disputed that there was any wrongdoing on the individual defendant’s part. The defendants maintained that the plaintiff was insubordinate, and she suffered no damages.

The matter was tried.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The jury awarded the plaintiff $________ in compensatory damages. The jury also awarded the sum of $________ in exemplary damages against the individual defendant.

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