Jury awards woman $870,000 in sex harassment case

According to a report in the Sioux City journal, a federal jury in Sioux City has awarded a woman nearly $900,000 for sexual harassment and retaliation by her former employer.

Following a 7-day trial, Jurors on Wednesday found that Mindy Gilster had been sexually harassed by her supervisor and was subjected to retaliation as a result of filing complaints and her lawsuit against her employer.  Gilster alleged that her supervisor harassed her by making inappropriate comments about her appearance, pressing his body against her on one occasion and propositioning her.  She alleged that following her complaints, she was given a poor job review and denied a raise before she was fired in February 2011.

The jury award includes $600,000 in punitive damages, $240,000 for past and future emotional distress and $30,150 in back pay and medical expenses.

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