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Plaintiff awarded $2 million in East Lawn Funeral Home lawsuit

MATTHEW LANE, Kingsport Times News • Feb 13, 2018 at 10:35 AM

GREENEVILLE — A jury has awarded $2 million to a Chattanooga woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by a coworker while working at East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport.

Andrea Herring filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in August 2015 naming SCI Tennessee Funeral Services as the defendant. SCI does business as East Lawn Memorial Park and East Lawn Funeral Home.

During her time at East Lawn (November 2009 to November 2013), Herring worked at the Kingsport location as a family service counselor. She claimed in the lawsuit that she was a victim of sexual harassment by coworker Tim Stinnett and retaliation from her supervisors.

In its response, SCI denied all of Herring’s allegations.

Following a three-day trial at the end of January, a jury found in Herring’s favor, awarding her $200,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in lost wages and $1,750,000 in punitive damages, all for a grand total of $2,050,000.

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