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$18.4 Million Verdict

October 2006

A Ventura County jury awarded $18.4 million to a 26 year Vons Clerk who was fired after complaining that a female supervisor sexually harassed him. James Stevens was employed by Vons supermarkets for 26 years as an Inventory Control Clerk. After complaining to management about ongoing sexual harassment by a female supervisor, he was transferred to a less desirable store. Mr. Stevens filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Vons lied to the DFEH, and the DFEH closed its file.

The company then falsely accused Mr. Stevens of donating water and soda to a church that fed the homeless and fired him.

On October 27, 2006, after a 6-week trial, the jury in Simi Valley awarded Mr. Stevens $1.67 million in compensatory damages and over $16.73 million in punitive damages. The jury sent a clear message that a company must respect and respond to an employee who complains about unlawful harassment on the job, not retaliate against and fire them.

Mr. Stevens was represented by Roxanne A. Davis of Davis*Gavsie, PLC and Nathan Goldberg of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg.

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