York County’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy didn’t add up to much for a former supervisor at the York County Youth Development Center, who has filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss.
The woman alleges that the boss physically and verbally abused her, including approaching her from behind and gyrating his pelvis against her and calling her a derogatory name associated with the world’s oldest profession. Commissioners knew of the harassment but refused to fire him, her lawsuit claims.
She had originally filed an in-house complaint, which resulted in the supervisor being suspended for a week and forced to read a scripted apology. When employees complained that this was insufficient, they were told to “Get on board or leave.”
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