In a resounding affirmation of immigrant women’s right to work without fear of sexual assault and harassment, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in a case involving three Latina women harassed by their employer in a Manhattan retail store.
In September 2006, a jury found Albert Palacci, the owner of Ramco and National Discount stores on Dyckman Street in upper Manhattan, liable for sexual assault and harassment. However, Palacci refused to pay the women what the jury granted them as compensation. After almost a year of negotiations and court proceedings, a settlement was reached this week. The parties agreed to resolve all outstanding matters in the case for immediate payment of $750,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.