Man Gets 300G For Not Being Harassed
A NYPD sergeant who was forced into early retirement after claiming his female supervisor was harassing him with repeated sexual advances was awarded a $300,000 jury verdict yesterday. [Former Sgt. John Marchisotto, 36, of Staten Island accused Lt. Carla Hollywood of trying to give him a strawberry scented massage on Valentine’s Day], which he says he refused. After one hour of deliberating, the Manhattan federal jury found Marchisotto was wrongly fired, but not sexually harassed. Marchisotto alleged that the harassment began almost immediately upon his taking a position under Hollywood (no pun intended) in October 2003. According to him, Hollywood did such inappropriate things as brush her chest against his back and call him multiple times a day if she was off duty (Ug, women harassers are so annoying). Marchisotto says his complaints were ignored, though by whom it is not clear, and that ultimately he was moved to a lower position requiring no job duties. Basically, the jury found that one cannot be fired for complaining about harassment, even if the complaints are unfounded. Twisted. Personally, I hope this doesn't result in a slew of voracious men jokes all claiming there's no such thing as unwanted sexual advances. Sigh.(http://flickr.com/photos/discardthis/)
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