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Case No. 21-1898

Tracy White
State of Iowa And Iowa Department Of Human Services

Plaintiff Tracy White filed a sexual harassment claim against the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services (defendants). A jury found in favor of plaintiff and awarded her $260,000 for past emotional distress and $530,000 for future emotional distress. The defendants’ motion for new trial or remittitur and motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict were denied. The defendants appeal arguing: (1) the district court erred in admitting prejudicial evidence of harassment unrelated to plaintiff that confused and inflamed the jury; (2) the district court erred in not directing a verdict for defendants because plaintiff failed to prove sufficiently severe and pervasive misconduct; and (3) the future emotional distress damages award is excessive and unsupported by the evidence.

Trial Court Case No.:


Tracy White


State of Iowa And Iowa Department Of Human Services

Attorneys for the Appellee

Paige Fiedler
Madison Fiedler-Carlson

Attorneys for the Appellant

Tessa Register
Alexa Den Herder

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Nov 16, 2023 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 12, 2024

Other Information

Date Retained:
Jul 27, 2023

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