A teacher near Binghamton won a massive jury award yesterday, the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton reported today.
A jury on Wednesday awarded nearly $3.5 million in damages to a former Newark Valley Central School District teacher who contended she was improperly fired in connection with sexual misconduct by her former boyfriend.
Following an eight-day trial, the six-member jury returned a verdict in favor of Lyndsey Wilcox, who filed the lawsuit in Tioga County Supreme Court after being fired from her job as a physical-education teacher and field hockey coach in 2008.
Around the time Wilcox was fired, she was the girlfriend of Todd Broxmeyer, a private field hockey coach who was convicted of sex offenses in 2009. Broxmeyer received a 30-year prison sentence for the offenses, which involved girls he coached.
The lawsuit contended Wilcox was improperly fired after being wrongfully accused of failing to report sexual misconduct by Broxmeyer.
The jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching a decision shortly after 4 p.m., said Janean Cook, court clerk.
The verdict awarded Wilcox $351,990 for lost wages since her March 2008 termination, as well as $2.1 million for future lost earnings and $1 million for mental anguish and emotional distress, Cook said.