After Ferri filed a civil rights suit alleging he was subjected to a hostile work environment, Davey retaliated by transferring him to a state prison in Trenton, ransacking his office, taping his calls and threatening him.
As part of the settlement the state of New Jersey admitted to no wrongdoing and Ferri agreed to retire.
Sexual harassment claims by men are sometimes referred to as "reverse discrimination" suits and comprise about 15% of all sexual harassment suits. The largest jury verdict ever awarded in a "reverse discrimination" suit involved Robert Lockley, a guard at the same prison in New Jersey who was awarded $3,750,000 in damages and $822,000 in attorney fees after he proved he was sexually harassed by a female guard at the prison and retaliated against by supervisors when he complained. [PLN, Dec. 1999].
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