In a twist on typical sexual-discrimination and harassment cases, a group of JPMorgan Chase mortgage employees in Columbus, Ohio, have received nearly $1.5 million in damages after alleging the harassment they suffered cost them money-making opportunities.

The case, as described by Porter Wright attorney Jamie LaPlante in the law firm's blog, initially involved allegations by an employee that she "was subject to abusive and harassing behavior based on her sex by her manager and other managers. After complaining about the behavior, she alleged that Chase retaliated against her by tampering with her commissions and loan assignments and subjecting her to heightened job scrutiny and continued ridicule. She was terminated in May of 2008."

That, however, was not the end of the story.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.