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Myers v. Central Florida Investments, Inc.

592 F.3d 1201 (2010)

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Myers v. Central Florida Investments, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

592 F.3d 1201 (2010)

Facts

Dawn Myers (plaintiff) worked for Central Florida Investments, Inc. (CFI) (defendant). David Siegel (defendant), CFI’s sole shareholder and chief executive officer, subjected Myers to repeated sexual harassment and unwanted touching over a period of years. Myers reported the incidents to CFI’s human-resources department, to no avail. On two occasions during the year 2000, Siegel pinned Myers against the wall, made lewd comments, and touched her inappropriately. Myers testified that Siegel’s behavior humiliated her in front of other employees and drained her motivation to work. CFI suspended Myers in December 2000, a year in which she had earned $102,223.14. In 2001, CFI sued Myers for repayment of a loan. Myers counterclaimed for battery. The jury found that all of Siegel’s offensive touching had occurred after the May 21, 2000 statute of limitations for battery and awarded Myers $102,223.14 in compensatory damages. CFI and Siegel appealed, arguing that the damages award was excessive.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Marcus, J.)

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