From our private database of 33,800+ case briefs...
Sooroojballie v. Port Authority of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
816 F. App’x 536 (2020)
Sooroojballie (plaintiff) worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the port authority) (defendant) under his supervisor, Gary Frattali (defendant). After resigning from the port authority, Sooroojballie filed a racial-harassment lawsuit against the port authority and Frattali in federal district court. Sooroojballie testified about three separate instances in which Frattali directed racially discriminatory remarks at Sooroojballie. Sooroojballie testified that Frattali also participated in other harassment, including falsely accusing Sooroojballie of sabotaging a port authority boiler. Sooroojballie testified that the stress caused by the hostile work environment at the port authority led to him receiving medical treatment for insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Sooroojballie attended therapy while employed at the port authority and testified that he also attended several sessions immediately after he resigned from the port authority. No evidence was presented to suggest that Sooroojballie experienced any long-term psychological or physical harm resulting from his employment at the port authority or that Sooroojballie received any further medical care related to his employment after beginning his next job. The jury awarded Sooroojballie over $2 million in compensatory damages for emotional distress against the port authority and Frattali and awarded $150,000 in punitive damages against Frattali individually. The port authority and Frattali appealed, arguing that the damages for emotional distress were excessive. Frattali also argued that the punitive-damages award was excessive.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 604,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 604,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,800 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.