IT WAS A JOKE!

AN ALLEGED SEXUAL HARASSER IS DEEMED THE REAL VICTIM

Having topped the Nielsens and the best-seller lists, Jerry Seinfeld has now earned a place in the casebooks of employment law. Last week a Milwaukee, Wis. jury awarded $26.6 million to a man who got fired for recounting a slyly bawdy episode of television's most popular sitcom to a female co-worker. The high-dollar verdict in favor of former Miller Brewing Co. manager Jerold Mackenzie, 54, suggests that "the pendulum is beginning to swing back" on sexual harassment, says Steven Berlin, a partner at the employment-law firm of Littler Mendelson, based in San Francisco. "Juries are starting to feel as though the...

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