Throughout the month of January and into the beginning of February, trial was held in the case of Marchuk v. Faruqi and Faruqi. The trial was before Judge Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York.

The complaint alleged that the plaintiff was subjected to various conduct at work which constituted sexual harassment. The case received much attention from legal blogs because (1) the defendant was a well known employment law firm and (2) some of the allegations were particularly severe, such as non-consensual sex.

On February 5, 2015, the jury returned its verdict. Of the many claims asserted, the jury found for the plaintiff on only one – a claim for sexual harassment under the New York City Human Rights Law. The verdict suggests that the jury did not believe the most serious of the allegations. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $90,000, punitive damages against an individual defendant for $45,000, and $5,000 in punitive damages against the firm. The plaintiff had asked for $2,000,000.

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