Jury Awards $1M In Merle Norman Sex Harassment Case

Law360, Los Angeles (March 15, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT) -- A California jury on Friday awarded just over $1 million in damages to a former Merle Norman Cosmetics marketing director, finding the company retaliated against her after she reported its two top officers for allegedly making sexually offensive remarks to her and a co-worker.

The award of compensatory damages was a partial victory for Stephanie Kelley, whose key evidence of retaliation included a letter in which high-profile attorney Robert Baker, writing on behalf of Merle Norman Chairman Jack Nethercutt, demanded she retract a complaint she had made against him and his wife Helen to the California Department of Fair Employment and...

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