Jury Awards $7.5 million to Ex-St. Louis Officer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A jury has awarded a $7.5 million judgment to a former St. Louis police officer who claimed her supervising sergeant sexually harassed her and that she suffered retaliation for complaining.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tanisha Ross-Paige was awarded $300,000 in compensatory damages and $7.2 million in punitive damages from the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners for retaliation. The jury found in favor of the police board on a discrimination claim.
Ross-Paige's lawyer John Eccher called Friday's verdict "absolutely huge for this type of case." A police spokeswoman declined comment.
The original lawsuit claimed Sgt. Steven Gori distributed a mock "wanted" poster with Ross-Paige's picture and comments about her body. The suit claims Gori and a lieutenant gave Ross-Paige unfavorable shifts and different performance evaluations after she complained.