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Rikers Island Guard Awarded $1 Million For Sexual Harassment By His Captain

Rikers Island (New York) prison guard Scott Singleton brought federal action against the City of New York for civil rights violations after sexual harassment by his captain ruined his home life and separated him from his daughter. A jury awarded him $1 million.

Captain Walker allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward Singleton beginning in
2004. He repeatedly protested, warning that her actions were not wanted or appreciated and
told her that he was seeing another guard in the same building. Walker threatened him after
he reported her actions to his immediate supervisor. She called his girlfriend alleging his
unfaithfulness after she acquired the phone number from his personnel file and vowed "to
take care of" his girlfriend. After an Equal Employment Opportunity hearing ensued, deputy
warden Arthur Oliveria allegedly retaliated against Singleton via transfer, harsh discipline
for minor infractions, and verbal defamation. He brought action for Title VII Civil Rights
Act violations and sexual harassment.

A U.S. District Court jury in the Southern District of New York awarded Singleton $1 million in compensatory damages after a two and a half hour deliberation. See: Singleton v. The City of New York, Case No.05 7769 (S.D. N.Y. Feb. 21, 2007).

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Singleton v. The City of New York