By Courtney Cox
A New York court recently entered a judgment of about $700,000 against the owner of a limousine company for sexually harassing a female dispatcher. The judgment consisted of $450,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in punitive damages, $167,478 in attorney fees and $3,168 in litigation costs. The case presents an almost classic example of sexual harassment.
The sexual harassment included the following –
It is difficult to understand why this case actually went to trial considering the overwhelming documentary evidence consisting of text messages. Text messages, e-mails, social media posts and voice mails are playing an ever-increasing role in litigation, especially employment cases. Employers should review their policies and focus on training regarding these various methods of communication to be sure that all employees understand what is expected of them and what is not acceptable in such communications.