Judge Overturns Sexual-Harassment Verdict in Miami Beach Firefighter Case

A federal judge overruled a jury’s decision that a Miami Beach firefighter should get $700,000 for being sexually harassed. U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke found that Marlenis Smart’s treatment did not meet the legal definition of sexual harassment. Further, Judge Cooke ruled that the incidents Smart complained about were not severe or pervasive enough to be considered a sexually hostile work environment. Although it is rare for judges to reverse jury verdicts, it can happen if the judge is persuaded that no reasonable jury could have reached a particular conclusion. Following the ruling, Smart stated that she plans to appeal the decision. Should an appellate court overturn Judge Cooke’s decision, Miami Beach would be granted a new trial, according to the judge’s order. Read more here: Full article.

Sexual harassment is the unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in the workplace is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to private employers, state and local government employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and joint employer-union apprenticeship programs with 15 or more employees.

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