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NJ jury awards former athletic director $800K

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A jury in New Jersey has awarded $800,000 to a former athletic director who claimed she was the victim of a hostile work environment because she’s a lesbian.

The panel in Monmouth County reached the verdict Tuesday against the Holmdel school board.

Fifty-one-year-old Laurie Cancalosi said she began a relationship with the then-principal of Holmdel High School two months after she was hired in 2004. She claimed the school board targeted her based on her sexual orientation and failed to act on her complaints beginning in 2005 and until she was fired in 2006.

The principal was fired a month earlier.

Her attorney, R. Armen McOmber, tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) he’s happy his client was vindicated.

The school board attorney could not be reached for comment.