A federal jury decided Madison Square Garden and its chairman must pay $11.6 million in damages to former New York Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders in her sexual harassment lawsuit.
The jury also found Knicks coach Isiah Thomas subjected Browne Sanders to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but that he did not have to pay punitive damages.
Deciding MSG had harassed Browne Sanders, the jury found the Garden owes $6 million for allowing a hostile work environment to exist and $2.6 million for retaliation; MSG chairman James Dolan owes $3 million.
Garden officials and Thomas both vow to appeal the finding that Thomas harassed Anucha Browne Sanders and the Garden allowed a hostile work environment to exist. Thomas claims he is innocent and says he's disappointed the jury didn't see the facts in the case.
Browne Sanders says she filed suit "for every working woman in America." After the verdict, the married mother of three hugged family members and friends in the back of the courtroom.
The jurors have decided that Madison Square Garden and its chairman must pay nearly 12 million dollars in damages to Browne Sanders, but Thomas is exempt from paying punitive damages.