By Amanda Gambill
A federal jury found Finish Line guilty of sexual discrimination after deliberating for about five hours Thursday night and ordered the retail company to award three females represented by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission $30,000 total.
Five men and three women of the jury found Finish Line guilty of a hostile work environment, constructively discharging the females and retaliation of complaining about sexual harassment.
A manager, who was 38 years old at the time, was found to be sexually abusing a 16-year-old employee for several months in 2009. He later pleaded guilty of statutory rape and is serving a six-year probation. Finish Line was found liable for the manager’s harassing two other female employees who were teenagers at the time in 2009.
After the trial, Finish Line representatives were congratulating each other and shouting jubilantly at what they seemed to perceive as a highly favorable verdict.
Amanda Gambill is with Seigenthalar News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org