For five months, David Papa’s boss at a Domino’s Pizza made comments about his body, touched him and told him she loved him. Six days after he told her to stop, she fired him.
Now, a federal judge has ordered the pizza chain to pay Papa $237,000 in damages in the first case the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ever took to trial involving a man harassed by a woman.
According to the verdict, issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr., Papa was repeatedly harassed in 1988 by his area supervisor, Beth Carrier.
At the time, Papa was 25, newly divorced and had just gained custody of his 3-year-old son. He had worked for Domino’s for two years and was recently promoted to manager of a store in Port Richey, about 35 miles northwest of Tampa.
At a meeting with two other store workers, Carrier told Papa she loved him and wanted to live with him and his son.
“There were people there who heard this,” Papa said. “I was so frustrated, I really lost my temper and said, ‘Get out of my office.”’
When she visited the store again six days later, Carrier fired Papa, saying he was improperly paying a driver from the store’s mileage account rather than its labor account.