Sexual Harassment by Hollywood Producer Yields $3.3 Million Verdict

By Thomas McKinney

A California jury ordered film producer Jon Peters to pay his former assistant more than $3 million after finding that Peters sexually harassed her.  The jury found that Peters fondled her at his Malibu home and climbed into bed with her in a hotel while filming “Superman Returns” in 2005.   She claimed that she couldn’t find work in Hollywood after suing Peters because of his influence in the film industry.  The jury awarded Shelly Morita $822,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages.

Peters produced several well-known films such as ”Flashdance,” ”The Color Purple,” ”Batman” and “Rain Man.”

August 29, 2011 – Paul Castronovo – Castronovo & McKinney

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Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.