A federal jury has awarded a 25-year-old Swedish woman $18 million for allegedly being sexually harassed by her boss, New York Global Group CEO Benjamin Wey. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded Hanna Bouveng $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims. It rejected a claim of assault and battery.
Bouveng, who was hired by Wey to work at his venture capital and private equity investment group despite the fact that she had no experience in finance, claims that Wey pressured Bouveng into having sex with him.
Wey allegedly had sex with Bouveng four times before firing her after he allegedly discovered that Bouveng had a boyfriend. In April 2014, Wey also allegedly kicked Bouveng out of a Tribeca apartment that he rented for her after she refused to continue having sex with him.