A St. Petersburg forklift operator has filed suit against Kane’s Furniture, claiming he was fired for complaining about sexual harassment by a male supervisor.
The operator says he was uncomfortable with his supervisor’s habitual sexual remarks and jokes, including one suggesting the operator perform oral sex on him under a dinner table.
“It was embarrassing,” the operator said. “I told him I didn’t like it and he continued.” After complaining to, he says he was reassigned to a higher-risk job in retaliation, and later fired.
The company says he was fired for his reaction to being trained for a new job.
Final note: Male-on-male harassment claims are rare but on the rise, a reminder that no group has to accept offensive behavior.