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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:49 AM

Judge reduces $17.4-million jury award to former L.A. city worker in sexual harassment case

A Los Angeles judge has trimmed $5 million from a $17.4-million jury award given to a former Bureau of Sanitation worker in a retaliation and sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the city.

The worker, James Pearl, accepted the reduction ordered by L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephen Czuleger, according to court papers filed Sept. 8.

A Los Angeles jury in June awarded Pearl $17.4 million after finding that he endured repeated harassment by his supervisors, who falsely perceived that he was gay.

Pearl was subjected to verbal abuse, hazing and a bullying campaign in which his portrait was altered to show him in a same-sex relationship with a subordinate, the jury found.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sanitation-award-reduced-20170914-story.html

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