Davida Perry and Brian Heller, attorneys at Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP, obtained
a $1.33 million verdict against UPS in a sexual harassment case this week.
(Rivera v. UPS).
Our client, a mother of five children, started working at UPS in 2001 at
an entry level position. She was promoted several times and loved her
job. In 2005, she told her lead supervisor that she was having marital
problems, and he began making advances toward her. She rejected him, and
then he began making crude vulgar remarks to her in front of her co-workers.He
showed up at her house one night at 2am with a pizza and was so drunk
he passed out on her couch.
Our client complained to a manager about her behavior, and the next day
she was assigned to a less desirable location. Then rumors started to
fly about her have sex with various drivers. She complained to HR about
the rumors, but no investigation or follow-up took place. She was then
transferred to another district, and then five months later she was fired
for two bogus reasons: breaching security and falsifying documents.
After a seven week trial in the Bronx, a jury found for our client, and
awarded her $1,000,030 in compensatory damages, and $300,000 in punitive damages.
The takeaway: Don't put up with sexual harassment in your workplace.
By fighting back, you not only make yourself whole again, but you also
send a message to large companies with deep pockets that this kind of
behavior cannot and should not be tolerated. They will get the message.
If you have been harassed or discriminated against at work, call the attorneys
at Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP.