Jury Awards $40,000 to Man Sexually Harassed by Female Boss

A Brooklyn federal jury recently awarded $40,000 (comprising $10,000 compensatory, $30,000 punitive) to plaintiff Corey Lashley on his claims of quid pro quo sexual harassment, hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Plaintiff alleged in his complaint that his female boss – who hired him after meeting him at a nightclub – sexually harassed him and fired him after he rebuffed her sexual demands. (Defendant recently filed a motion seeking to overturn the verdict.)

The laws prohibiting sexual harassment protect not only women, but men as well. Here’s another lawsuit in which a male subordinate is alleging sexual harassment by his female boss(es).

Update: In a decision dated March 9, 2015, Judge Cogan upheld the jury’s verdict on plaintiff’s quid pro quo sexual harassment claim, as well as its award of damages.

If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, we can help. Contact us today for a free phone consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.

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