Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Ralphs Grocery
Current Parent Company: 
Kroger
Penalty: 
$6,550,000
Year: 
2002
Date: 
July 29, 2002
Primary Offense: 
employment discrimination
Secondary Offense: 
sexual harassment
Violation Description: 

In this case, which dragged on for more than a decade, the original verdict in the trial court awarded $3.8 million in damages to six women who alleged that they had been subjected to a sexually hostile work environment at a Ralphs store in Escondido, California. The trial judge threw out that award and ordered a new trial. In 2002 another jury awarded $30 million in punitive damages but the judge said that unless the plaintiffs accepted a lower amount he would order a new trial. Two of the six plaintiffs accepted a total of $4.5 million in punitives plus the $300,000 they had been awarded in compensatory damages. In 2006 a state appeals court ruled that the damages for the other plaintiffs should be six times their $250,000 in compensatory damages, which amounted to a total of $1.75 million.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Superior Court of State of California, County of San Diego
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
N72142
Case Name: 
Gober v. Ralphs Grocery Co.
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Ohio
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
retailing
Specific Industry of Parent: 
retail-supermarkets
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Parent company note: 
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