NEW DETAILS: Former Kingsport funeral home worker gets $2M in punitive damages
The former worker at a Kingsport funeral home who sued for sexual harassment has been awarded more than $2 million in punitive damages.
Court documents obtained by News 5 show the court ordered Andrea Herring to receive $2.05 million from SCI Tennessee Funeral Services, LLC, the parent company of East Lawn Funeral Home.
Herring accused the funeral home director Tim Stinnet of groping and harassing her and cited periods of retaliation by upper management after she reported the incidents to the company's human resources department.
A former family counselor at a Kingsport funeral home awarded $300,000 by a federal jury over her claims of sexual harassment and retaliation.
The suit filed by Andrea Herring claimed she was groped and harassed by the funeral director, Tim Stinnet, over 4 years until she was fired in 2013.
She also accused managers of ignoring her claims and firing her without cause after she complained to corporate officials.
The jury compensated the woman for emotional pain and mental anguish along with back pay and lost wages.