Woman sheriff wins big judgment for harassment

Panel Upholds $1.5M Harassment Judgment

Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal

An appeals court Thursday upheld a roughly $1.5 million judgment for a former sergeant in the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department for harassment she suffered from male officers at the jail.

This story fits into the global war against women category, but this one ended in the sort of justice our system provides: a large financial award.

I feel somewhat bitter mentioning this case, given the link I posted yesterday, about the horrors women around the world face. I’m glad for this sheriff but I fervently wish that a version of our litigation justice system existed in other countries. Or that men start to confront their own problems instead of doing things like this to us.

And note that this award was apparently challenged by the defendant Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department (I’ve noted that big judgments or jury verdicts can often be seriously reduced when the defendant appeals), but this appellate panel of judges confirmed the award. Good for them, good for her.


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