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Hotel owners ordered to pay more than $1M in harassment case

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The owners of an Iowa hotel have been ordered to pay two former employees who complained about sexual harassment more than $1.2 million.
   The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that an Iowa jury ruled against the owners of a Quality Inn and Suites in Peosta, Iowa, Friday evening.
   Sheila Oyler and Julie Schemmel had sued the hotel operators because they say another worker, Raj Choksi, repeatedly made sexual comments.
   The ownership group, Laxmee Inc., was ordered to pay Oyler $630,000 and pay Schemmel $500,000 in damages. For back pay, Oyler is slated to receive $16,484.01 and Schemmel will receive $446.25.
   In addition to those damages, one of the individual co-owners, Vijay Patel, was ordered to pay Oyler $70,000.

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