$275,000 – Young Woman Sexually Harassed at Retail Store in Northern California

Plaintiff, who was 19 at the time, worked for a retail store where she alleged she was sexually harassed by her supervisor, an assistant store manager. He asked her out on dates repeatedly, and made disgusting sexual remarks to her and about her body. Plaintiff was afraid to report this conduct at first, but eventually told the store manager and HR. Winer, McKenna, & Burritt obtained testimony which suggested, however, that the store manager was aware of the sexual harassment from others even prior to Plaintiff’s complaint. Further, Winer, McKenna, & Burritt were able to show that once Plaintiff formally complained, a grossly inadequate and incompetent investigation was conducted by a biased manager. In addition, after she complained Plaintiff was forced to continue to work under the supervision of her harasser, even though he told her he knew about her complaint and taunted her about it. This case settled at mediation.