In what may be a record-breaking award to a single plaintiff in a sexual harassment case, a federal jury in East St. Louis, Ill., yesterday awarded $95 million to a former employee of Aaron's Inc. Of that amount, $15 million was compensatory and $80 million was punitive damages.
The plaintiff said an Aaron's store manager made suggestive comments, touched her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her. Although she complained to a supervisor and called an Aaron's hotline, she said, the rent-to-own retailer allegedly took no action.
Not surprisingly, the company plans to appeal what it calls a "runaway jury" verdict.
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