UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A federal jury has awarded a former Oriskany Central School District principal $484,456 for Discriminatory Termination and a Hostile Work Environment.

“I think that it was a very savvy jury and in my experience juries know who is lying and who is telling the truth,” A.J. Bosman, Lead Attorney, said. 

The jury ruled Monday, Oct 25 in favor of Lisa Krause, in her suit against the school district, its board of education and former Superintendent Greg Kelahan. Krause was the first female principal at Oriskany Junior-Senior High School, she was fired in October 2016 by the board.

“She was treated less favorably than men in her position as a principal,” Bosman said. “She was the first female principal of the school district, the first one that they ever had and I think that the stereotypes that often affect women in the professions were rampant in that school district.”

Throughout the trial, evidence was provided by Krause that showed hostile gender-based treatment. The award includes compensation for past and future lost income as well as $150,000 for pain suffering, emotional distress, reputational harm and or loss of enjoyment of life.

“Ms. Krause’s word was believed and I think validly so,” Bosman said. “I think they were very attentive, listened to the evidence and compensated her very appropriately under the circumstances.”

I reached out for a comment from the current superintendent for Oriskany and have not heard back.