Earlier today, a federal jury ruled in favor of women who sued the city of Kingston for sexual harassment and awarded them a total of $85,000, but it did not find for the third plaintiff in the case.
Of great note, the jury found that Jeanne Edwards being laid off from the Department of Public Works by Mayor James Sottile in May 2009 was an act of retaliation for filing the lawsuit, and the presiding judge in the case, Lawrence Kahn, ordered Edwards reinstated.
The jury, which heard the case in U.S. District Court in Albany, awarded Edwards $55,000 and Soria $30,000. Of Edwards’ total, the jury said $30,000 was because Sottile retaliated against her. The city must cover court costs and the plaintiffs’ legal fees, which will top $100,000, and the city also must pay its own attorney in the case, Robert Cook.
The city has been given a black eye.