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Jury Awards Woman More Than $13 Mil In Gender Bias Case

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal court jury has awarded a southwestern Pennsylvania woman more than $13 million in a gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer.

The attorney for Sandra Robertson announced the verdict Monday. It was returned late Friday.

Robertson worked for a company called Hunter Panels in Smithfield, which makes thermal insulation panels used in construction.

She sued in 2013, claiming she was subjected to harassment and ridicule because of her sex, made less than a man who did the same job and was ultimately fired. The company argued that Robertson was unprofessional, "abrasive and demeaning" with other co-workers and had difficulty transitioning from her former career in the military to a civilian job.

An attorney for the company said she was hoping to respond to the verdict later Monday.

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