July 1, 2015

New York jury awards $16 million in punitive damages in sexual harassment case

This story in the New York Daily News reports that a federal jury in Manhattan has awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $16 million in punitive damages to a plaintiff who claimed that her employer sexually harassed her and then defamed her.  The plaintiff was seeking $850 million, so perhaps the jury thought they were showing restraint by awarding "only" $16 million in punitives.