A Fayette, Kentucky Circuit Court jury has awarded Mary Lous Moses $125,000 in damages for the sexual harassment she endured while working for Applied Technologies Inc. manager Sam Brookshire. Moses claimed that while working at the Lexington, Kentucky branch, Brookshire repeatedly sexually harassed her by following her around constantly, repeatedly professing his love for her and touching her.
Though Moses reported his actions to supervisors numerous times, the company did not take any action against Brookshire until Moses finally reported the harassment to the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. After six years of harassment, Brookshire was transferred to the company’s Louisville office and told to stay away from Moses. The company argued that it responded quickly to Moses’ complaints, but the jury did not agree. The jury found that Brookshire’s actions created a hostile work environment and found the company liable for not putting an end to the harassment sooner. Company officials said during the trial that Moses, who still works for the company, might be fired after an upcoming merger takes place. Moses’ lawyers have filed an injunction against the company, barring it from firing her.