A federal jury has awarded $100,000 for pain and suffering to a former director of special education for the Malverne School District, who claimed she was fired for reporting sexual harassment.
The director lost her underlying sexual harassment suit, but prevailed on the wrongful-firing claim.
The verdict serves as a reminder that an employer’s response to a sexual harassment complaint is as critical as the incident prompting it.
Even if no harassment took place, employees who can prove they were targeted as troublemakers because they complained may win a retaliation claim.
- You don't have to raise arbitration pact with EEOC
- Transfer worker who needs a fresh start; it's not retaliation if pay, benefits are equal
- Show your defense cards early in the lawsuit game
- Quit over offensive graffiti? He can get unemployment
- Have a progressive-discipline system? Great! But reserve right to fire immediately if necessary