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Judge Put Small Price On Pain; Damage Award Paled By Litigation Norms Series: A HOSTILE WORKPLACE Series Number: 2/2
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Kirstin Downey Grimsley
Date: Oct 28, 1996
Start Page: A.13
Section: A SECTION

Judge Patrick McNulty's job in the precedent-setting sexual harassment case was to set a dollar value on the emotional, financial and physical damages 16 women suffered during more than a decade of sexual harassment.

McNulty, 74, a part-time federal magistrate judge in Duluth, Minn., decided their suffering wasn't worth much, by the standards of modern litigation. He awarded 16 women a combined $182,500. That's an average of about $11,400 each, at a time some experts say jury verdicts to individual plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases are averaging $250,000 each.

In the Eveleth mine case, transcripts of McNulty's intermittent six-month trial and his detailed, 416-page report on the damages suggest that the semi-retired judge was skeptical of the women's stories.

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