A jury has awarded more than $1.3 million in a sex discrimination and retaliation case brought against Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City. The state court jury found that Serena Eickhoff, a former locomotive shop foreman for the railroad, had been harassed and wrongly fired. The jury awarded $120,000 in actual damages and $1.27 million in punitive damages.
Ms. Eickhoff alleged that she was verbally harassed and accosted by her subordinates and supervisors. The jury found that the Complaint and the testimony at trial showed a pattern of sexually-hostile language and behavior was directed at the employee. After the employee complained, the company retaliated by placing her on probation and, later, firing her without sufficient cause, without taking any action against her male co-workers. Ms. Eickhoff had worked for the railroad for nine years and was the only female foreman in the railroad’s Kansas City facility. The trial judge reserved the right to award future damages or order Ms. Eickhoff’s reinstatement to the job.
Source: Kansas City Star
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