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Ex-San Diego mayor pleads guilty to 3 crimes

Women say harassment just wouldn't stop at Northern California winery...

Jury Awards Punitive Damages Verdict of $2 Million Against FedEx for Sexual Harassment

Jury Awards $328k Verdict Against FedEx for Sexual Harassment


  • Gotthardt v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (1999) The Gotthardt case is the first appellate decision in this Circuit holding that the damage cap of 42 U.S.C. Section 1981a(b)(3) does not apply to an employee's claims for lost future wages ("front pay") under Title VII, and paved the way for employees to obtain damage awards for future lost wages based on their actual future wage loss, without an arbitrary dollar cut-off.
  • Davis v. County Board of Education
  • Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services (1998) Case involving same sex harassment and harassment of males. Court ruled such cases to be legally supported.
  • Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, Florida (1998) Court ruling that decided that employers are responsible for the misconduct of supervisors, even if the employer was not aware of the behavior.
  • Burlington Industries v. Ellerth (1998) The Court ruled that even if the harassed employee did not suffer any significant damages or tangible impact upon their job or person, the employer may still be held liable for the harassment.
  • Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District (1998) The Court ruled that a school district is not liable for harassment which it was unaware of and which was not reported.
  • Harris v. Forklift Systems (1993) The Court ruled that an abusive and hostile work environment is illegal even if the employee charging harassment did not suffer psychological damages.
  • Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986) The Court affirmed and extended the definition of a hostile work environment prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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