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...the court finds that Defendants can properly be held liable for punitive damages on Count 1, common law assault; Count 2, common law battery; Count 5, negligent supervision; Count 11, retaliation under Title VII.
U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan

In what may be the largest award in U.S. history involving a sexual harassment case, a District Court jury for the Southern District of Illinois (Docket No. 3:08-CV-00683-MJR) has awarded $95 million in damages against Aaron Rents, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) for claims arising out of allegations of sexual harassment that occurred at its store in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Aaron's plans to appeal. "We feel strongly that this verdict is the result of a decision made by a classic runaway jury," said Chad Strickland, Vice President of Associate Resources for Aaron's, Inc."

The Plaintiff, Ashley Alford, was an employee of Aaron Rents, Inc. from 2005-2006 and made claims that the store manager was inappropriately touching her, which eventually ended in a sexual assault.

In an order published June 3rd, U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan said "...the Court FINDS that Defendants can properly be held liable for punitive damages on Count 1, common law assault; Count 2, common law battery; Count 5, negligent supervision; Count 11, retaliation under Title VII; and Count 12." Download court documents.

Strickland says the acts the jury determined were engaged in by the former Aaron's manager are "far outside the scope of his employment and were never condoned by the Company." Aaron's claims that all management employees are fully trained in appropriate workplace practices. "Aaron's is committed to establishing and building a strong, professional and respectful employee culture, in every community we serve and in every store we operate," said Robin Loudermilk, President and CEO.

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