California Sexual Harassment case ends in $11M jury award

For the second time this year, a California jury has awarded a sizeable $11 million verdict against an employer stemming from a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit, according to numerous published reports.

Late last week, a Los Angeles jury found against Alki David, a billionaire Beverly Hills producer of holograms of celebrities, and sided with one of his former employees, Chastity Jones.

Jones alleged that David touched her inappropriately, hired a stripper to perform at work, and demanded that she view pornographic videos with him.

She testified that she was fired for refusing to have sex with David.

In January, another Los Angeles jury awarded more than $11 million to two former employees who claimed they were sexually harassed and retaliated against for complaining about the harassment.

In that case, Megan Meadowcroft and Amber Brown, who worked at the Keyways Vineyard and Winery in Temecula, California, alleged they had been harassed by the general manager, Carlos Pineiro.

During opening statements in the Jones trial, her attorney alleged David once ran his hands up Jones’ legs and ordered her to watch a porn video.

Jones also testified a male stripper was hired to perform to celebrate an executive’s birthday. Jones said the performance was offensive and a form of sexual harassment.

The jury apparently agreed. David said he planned to appeal.

Rich Henson
Rich Henson, a member of the HRMorning staff, has spent the past two decades developing potent HR and Management content that helps guide successful leaders forward with confidence. He is a former editor and reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer.