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State high court upholds part of harassment suit

Aug 28, 2013 -- 5:15pm


A woman who claimed she was wrongfully fired after she filed a sexual harassment complaint will get her day in court…again.  Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court  issued an opinion reversing part of a lower court's judgment against Madonna Farrow, who claimed Saint Francis Medical Center wrongfully fired her after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against Dr. Cedric Strange in 2010.  Farrow claimed she was subjected to retaliation including defamatory statements, intimidation, criticism in front of colleagues and unwarranted disciplinary action after she complained that Strange had sexually harassed her twice in 2005 and 2006.  In 2011, Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis entered a summary judgment against Farrow and assessed costs against her.  The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld his judgment in February 2012, but on Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court determined Lewis' decision was partially incorrect.  The state's high court upheld the lower court's dismissal of four of the counts in Farrow's lawsuit,  citing issues of timing, duplication, and failure to present supporting facts.  The Court sent the four remaining counts -- sexual harassment, retaliatory discrimination, retaliatory discharge and common law wrongful discharge -- back to the lower court, ruling that Lewis erred in his summary judgment on those claims. 

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