Yoshiko White was sexually harassed while working for STEP, Inc., a not-for-profit social service agency. Her complaints of harassment were initially ignored, but then the company investigated her complaints. In the “investigation” the defendant ignored Ms. White’s serious allegations, refused to talk to witnesses of the harassment and exonerated the harasser.
The defendant fired plaintiff immediately thereafter, and fired three employees who witnessed the harassment. The case proceeded through three days of trial and was settled for $400,000. The story what happened to plaintiff at STEP is truly amazing and was featured in a front page and extensive article in the Riverfront Times.