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St. Pete man claims he was fired for sex harassment complaints

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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 management, 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.   

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