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01/26/2016 07:04 am ET

Bikram Yoga Founder Ordered To Pay Nearly $1 Million In Sexual Harassment Suit

Bikram Choudhury was ordered to pay $924,500 on Monday to a former legal adviser.
Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury must pay nearly $1 million to a former legal adviser over claims of discrimination, reta
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Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury must pay nearly $1 million to a former legal adviser over claims of discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The founder of the Bikram yoga practice was ordered to pay $924,500 on Monday to a former legal adviser who said she was fired for investigating sexual misconduct charges against her employer, media reported.

Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, the former personal attorney of celebrity yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, was awarded compensatory damages by a Los Angeles jury for claims of discrimination, retaliation and of suffering sexual harassment herself, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The founder of the Bikram yoga practice's claims were dismissed by an L.A. jury.
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The founder of the Bikram yoga practice's claims were dismissed by an L.A. jury.

 

During the trial, Choudhury had dismissed the accusations and said Jafa-Bodden was let go because she did not have a license to practice law in the United States, the Times and other media reported.

Choudhury published a book in 1979 with descriptions, photographs and drawings of his signature 26 postures and two breathing exercises yoga sequence, which is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius).

 

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