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$3.2M Verdict Against FedEx for Sex Harassment


— February 26, 2004

A Harrisburg, Pa., federal jury’s award this week of more than $3.2 million in a sexual harassment suit against Federal Express Corp. — including $2.5 million in punitive damages — is sure to lead to a post-trial battle over how much the plaintiff is entitled to keep in light of a $300,000 federal cap on damages.

The battle is also likely to be a complicated one due to Pennsylvania case law that bars awards of punitive damages under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and a split among federal judges in Pennsylvania on the question of whether there is a private right of action under the Pennsylvania Equal Rights Amendment.

Details here from The Legal Intelligencer.


A Harrisburg, Pa., federal jury’s award this week of more than $3.2 million in a sexual harassment suit against Federal Express Corp. — including $2.5 million in punitive damages — is sure to lead to a post-trial battle over how much the plaintiff is entitled to keep in light of a $300,000 federal cap on damages.

The battle is also likely to be a complicated one due to Pennsylvania case law that bars awards of punitive damages under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and a split among federal judges in Pennsylvania on the question of whether there is a private right of action under the Pennsylvania Equal Rights Amendment.

Details here from The Legal Intelligencer.

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