Woman Prevails in Mich. Utility Harassment Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a $300,000 verdict for a woman who said she was repeatedly harassed while working with men on electrical lines at Consumers Energy.

The court on Friday also upheld nearly $700,000 in fees for Theresa Waldo's lawyers, although one judge in dissent sarcastically said, "This is good work if you can get it."

Waldo said she was harassed in the utility's transmission lines department. There was evidence that she was required to climb transmission towers on a cold, windy day without proper safety equipment. She also was told to clean tobacco spit and "pee like a man."

A jury in Grand Rapids federal court ruled in favor of Consumers Energy. But a judge ordered a second trial, saying the jury overlooked significant evidence.

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