Former Columbia Prof Gets $1.25M Retaliation Award

Law360, New York (July 27, 2018, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan federal jury awarded $1.25 million in damages Friday to Enrichetta Ravina, a former Columbia University professor who said she was denied tenure after complaining that Columbia colleague Geert Bekaert had sexually harassed her.

The jury said Bekaert owed $500,000 in punitive damages and that he and the school owed $750,000 in compensatory damages on Ravina's successful retaliation claims. The jury did not award Ravina the front or back pay she sought. Columbia and Bekaert will decide how to split the compensatory award.

Enrichetta Ravina, right, leaves Manhattan federal court with her legal team Friday. (Pete Brush | Law360) Ravina's...

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