Jury Awards $1 Million in Texas Harassment, Sex Bias Case

A federal court jury awarded more than $1 million to a former employee of Brinkerhoff Inspection Inc. in Texas.

In a June 6 verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the jury found that Sara L. Roberts wouldn’t have been terminated but for her rejection of a supervisor’s sexual advances. The jury found Roberts also wouldn’t have been discharged but for her gender and for the fact she was pregnant.

The verdict includes $125,000 for past wages and benefits, $42,000 for pain and suffering, and more than $841,000 in punitive damages.

The case is Roberts v. Brinkerhoff Inspection, Inc., W.D. Tex., No. MO:16-CV-00342-DC, verdict 6/6/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lawrence E. Dubé in Washington at ldube@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com