Tameeka Roberts, a lesbian, sued her employer, United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law, New York City Administrative Code §§ 8–502(a), et seq. (“NYCHRL”). She claimed that she was subjected to a hostile work environment because of her sexual orientation, and that she was retaliated against for complaining about this demeaning treatment. A jury found in favor of Roberts on both counts. The jury awarded to Roberts $25,000 in compensatory damages on each of her two claims, and an additional $25,000 in punitive damages on each claim. The total judgment was $100,000, plus costs. UPS moved (1) to set aside the jury verdict; (2) for judgment of dismissal or a new trial; or, in the alternative, (3) for reduction of compensatory damages; and (4) striking of punitive damages. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York denied all motions.
We congratulate Roberts on her victory!