In early March 2012, a former physician assistant in the cardiac unit of a Sacramento hospital was awarded $168 million in damages for workplace harassment which included $125 million in punitive damages and $42.7 million for lost wages and mental anguish.
The verdict is believed to be a record amount in the US for any single worker. The plaintiff complained at least 18 times over two years before getting fired. Her complaints included, among other things, that a surgeon’s way of saying good morning was to declare, “I’m horny” and give her a slap on the butt. She also claimed that another surgeon liked to demean her Armenian heritage and would ask whether she belonged to al-Qaeda.
If you believe that you may have been harassed or if you are an employer that has questions about whether you are adequately responding to employee complaints, we encourage you to seek the counsel of Wilson McCoy, P.A.