’40-year-old virgin’ wins right to sexual harassment trial

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Warn supervisors to stay away from demeaning jokes and other offensive, sexually oriented comments.

Recent case: William, who was a doctor, worked part time as a pathologist. He developed diabetes, was hospitalized and returned to work using a wheelchair. Shortly after, he was terminated.

William sued, alleging, among other things, that he had worked in a sexually hostile workplace. He claimed the coroner—his supervisor—sometimes called him a "40 year-old virgin," grabbed his groin, kissed him on the forehead, asked about his sex life and that of his mother and generally made himself a nuisance.

The court said he had enough evidence to warrant a jury trial to decide if the conduct constituted same-sex harassment, as well as whether William was fired on account of his disabilities. (Bligh-Glover v. Rizzo, No. 1:08-CV-2788, ND OH, 2012)

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