After a four-day trial in United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, a jury ruled Thursday afternoon in favor of business owner and Clay County Commissioner Daryl Andrews regarding allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment by five former employees.
In June of 2002, three former female employees filed a complaint alleging Andrews of inappropriate behavior, and two more female employees filed similar allegations in early 2003. The five plaintiffs accused Andrews of various inappropriate comments, gestures and touching that created a hostile work environment.
In the civil case, Andrews, owner and manager of A & W Restaurant in Clay City, was accused by each plaintiff of a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a claim of battery:
- Five allegations of battery, one from each plaintiff.
- Five allegations of creating a hostile work environment, one from each plaintiff.
After two hours of deliberation, in which the jury worked through lunch, a finding of no cause for action for each allegation was delivered by the jury.
"He is very pleased at the outcome, but it was what he expected," Andrews' attorney Bob Kondras told The Brazil Times in an interview Friday afternoon. "This has been quite an ordeal for the family, one that they would like to put past them."
Andrews said that this case has caused division within the community of Clay City, but he hopes that now that it has reached a legal conclusion people will move on with their lives.
"The damage has already been done to everyone involved in this case," Andrews said today. "Hopefully now that this is over, we can all move beyond this and live together in peace."