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Fidelity Owes Worker $2 Million for ‘Malicious’ Harassment Probe

Aug. 14, 2020, 4:12 PM

A paralegal in Fidelity National Financial Inc.'s Los Angeles major claims department can collect all $1.95 million in punitive damages a jury awarded her for job retaliation because there was substantial evidence the company’s investigation of her sexual harassment complaint was “malicious,” a state appeals court ruled.

There also was substantial proof backing the jury’s finding that Fidelity’s firing of Soledad Albarracin was retaliatory, the California Court of Appeal said.

Albarracin was terminated in November 2015, just days after her leave for mental health issues spurred by the alleged harassment ended and while she was seeking a two-month extension, the...

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