Laid-Off Employee Wins Harassment Suit

An employee was terminated by an investment adviser as part of a company-wide reduction in force. The former employee later sued the investment adviser and her former manager, alleging sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and sex discrimination. She sought $375,000, plus reimbursement of legal fees. The company responded by stating the ex-employee’s termination was justified and proper: Her personnel file showed she had regularly been tardy for work, had conflicts with managers, performed erratically, frequently talked openly about her sex life and made vulgar comments at work. However, it also came to light through discovery proceedings that management had not sufficiently addressed previous inappropriate remarks and jokes made by several other employees because management had assumed no one had been offended. Total Cost: More than $385,000.