NY court: Evidence that fired NJ woman did poor work, but was she sexually harassed?

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal appeals court in New York says a jury should be allowed to decide a New Jersey woman’s claim that she was fired from a financial services company because she objected to being sexually harassed by a top executive.

The ruling Friday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restores a $5 million lawsuit by Renee Mihalik (mih-HAW’-lihk) of Hoboken, N.J.

The court said there is substantial evidence that Mihalik performed her job poorly at Credit Agricole Cheuvreux North America Inc. But a jury might find that her supervisor harassed her and used her shortcomings when she objected as an excuse to humiliate and punish her.

The company’s chief financial officer said she is disappointed by the ruling but confident the company will prevail at trial.