County Maintenance Worker Fired After Complaining of Sexual Harassment Receives $260,000 Jury Verdict.
Attorney James M. Thompson represented a female Hillsborough County, Florida maintenance worker who was subjected to sexual harassment by her supervisor. After she complained to the County, she had her evaluation altered, she was placed on probation and she was fired. Even after the first complaints, the harassing supervisor put a banana to his crotch and told the worker; “I’m going to f-ck you.” After she complained again, the worker was fired by the County. After a five day Federal jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of $260,000 representing $85,000 back pay, $75,000 front pay and $100,000 for emotional distress damages. The Court later approved an award for fees and costs bringing the total to nearly $400,000.