Verdict for Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling Client in Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Case1 Comment
On April 17, 2015, a jury awarded Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling client Sandra Robertson what is believed to be the largest individual plaintiff’s verdict in an employment discrimination case ever entered in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The jury awarded nearly $1 million in compensatory damages and $12.5 million in punitive damages against defendants Hunter Panels, LLC and Carlisle Construction Materials, Inc. Ms. Robertson will also ask the court to order the defendants to pay her attorneys’ fees.
Ms. Robertson — who was the only female supervisor at Hunter’s Smithfield Pennsylvania plant — contended that she was subjected to a hostile work environment, discriminated against because of her gender, and then retaliated against her when she complained. We believe the jury intended to send a clear message that corporations are not above the law and will be held to account for unlawful sexual harassment and retaliation against employees who report it.