A New York City jury has sent a message that sexual harassment of professional women won’t be tolerated. In a lawsuit filed by Alexandra Marchuk, an associate at the boutique law firm of Faruqi & Faruqi, the jury found in Ms. Marchuk’s favor, awarding compensatory and punitive damages. Marchuk testified that she had been “repeatedly harassed” by a partner in the firm while working as a first-year associate in the firm’s litigation department. She also told jurors that the partner had sexually assaulted her at the firm’s 2011 holiday party, and that she had experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident.
Under the law, sexual harassment can take two primary forms—quid pro quo sexual harassment or the creation of a hostile environment based on sex:
Attorneys for Marchuk were pleased with the verdict: women in the working world “owe Ms. Marchuk…a debt of gratitude for taking a stand…against employers and supervisors who create hostile work environments and abuse their power.”
The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law have extensive experience successfully protecting the rights of women throughout the New York metropolitan area who have been subjected to sexual harassment on the job. Call us at 516-873-9550 or 212-661-4370 (toll-free at 1-800-585-4658) or send us an e-mail to schedule a meeting.