Lifeguard Awarded $3.5 Million in Harassment & Retaliation Lawsuit

 A federal jury in the District of Columbia has awarded $3.5 million to a former public pool lifeguard who says she was sexually harassed by a supervisor.

The plaintiff claimed she was fired from her job at the Takoma Aquatic Center in 2006 after reporting the harassment to multiple supervisors. She claimed the firing, which included sexually suggestive comments, came in retaliation for her complaints.

In addition to awarded $3.5 million, the jurors also presented the judge with a set of recommendations, including that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation review its sexual harassment policies for employees and train them on preventing the problem and better responding to a complaint.

The verdict will likely be reduced dramatically due to the application of statutory damages caps that jurors are not allowed to be informed about.