This week a former physician assistant in the cardiac unit of a Sacramento hospital was awarded $168 million in damages for workplace harassment. The report is in the Los Angeles Times. The verdict is believed to be a record amount in the US for any single worker. The plaintiff, Ani Chopourian, filed at least 18 complaints over two years before getting fired.
A few examples of the defendant's conduct: One surgeon's way of saying good morning was to declare, "I'm horny" and give her a slap on the butt, she said. Another liked to demean her Armenian heritage and would ask whether she belonged to al-Qaeda.
Not surprisingly, the defendant, Mercy General Hospital, plans to appeal.