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Davies v. Royal Air Maroc - 5/7/2001

Award Amount- $1,526,638.00

Case Summary: Two weeks before trial in a sex discrimination case, Liddle & Robinson was asked by the plaintiff's primary attorneys to serve as trial counsel. The plaintiff was an executive secretary at Royal Air Maroc, the Moroccan national airline. The airline's North American manager, her direct supervisor, terminated her employment in one of his last acts before being transferred out of the United States. During seven days of trial, the plaintiff proved that over the course of several years prior to her termination, she had been subjected to sexual advances and inappropriate touching by her supervisor, as well as having to endure literally hundreds of sexually-charged comments. Royal Air Maroc contended that the plaintiff was terminated due to an economic downsizing, but that claim was proved false through the cross-examination of a senior corporate official who was forced to admit that the plaintiff's termination was in no part based upon any economic circumstances. It was further proved that an economic study of the airline not only recommended keeping the plaintiff, but also recommended the termination of a male employee. That male employee was not terminated due to "social reasons." On May 7, 2001, a New York City jury awarded the plaintiff $900,000.00 in compensatory damages, including $500,000.00 for emotional distress. The emotional distress award is the second highest emotional distress award ever in New York in an employment case. Our client also recovered $626,638.68 in attorneys' fees and costs. On February 28, 2002, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, rejected the airline's appeal and affirmed the jury's verdict.

Lawyer(s):
Blaine H. Bortnick


Web Info(URL) www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/slips/01584.htm
Judge: Ira Gammerman



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