2002: Before the Ultrastar case, a San Diego jury rendered a $30.6 Million to six clients in another sexual harassment case, Gober v. Ralphs Grocery Company.
The women’s store director had harassed them for years, while their employer, Ralphs Grocery Company, a subsidiary of grocery giant Kroger, knowingly allowed the sexual harassment to continue. The $30 million sexual harassment jury verdict was the focus of nationwide media attention, resulting in a featured segment on ABC Primetime and covered in a Los Angeles Times article on workplace sexual harassment.
The case was appealed by both sides, resulting in a published opinion by the Court of Appeal. After Ralphs petitioned to the California Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal issued a second opinion.
Click here to read the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One’s first opinion in Gober v. Ralphs Grocery Company regarding sexual harassment and punitive damages and the order modifying the decision (in Adobe portable document format–for a free copy of Adobe Reader, visit Adobe).
Click here to read the Court of Appeal’s second opinion dealing with motions for new trial and JNOV, sexual harassment and punitive damages and the order modifying it.