Jury Awards $576,000 to Harassment Victim

From Times Staff Reports

A San Fernando jury has awarded $576,000 to a Northridge woman who was subjected to workplace sexual harassment. The woman reported the harassment to her supervisor, but the management of her company, the Automobile Club of Southern California, ignored her, attorneys said Wednesday.

Cheryl Parker, 34, an insurance sales agent in the Auto Club's Northridge office, was repeatedly groped and subjected to "unrelenting attention" over two years by a 35-year-old male co-worker.

The Auto Club has said Parker's supervisor did not know about the harassment and maintains that the company's management did nothing wrong, according to a spokesman. The spokesman said that when Parker reported the incidents to a new manager, he took immediate action.

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