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Sure it was harassment, but it didn’t last long! A little hostility still means big liability

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Think you have plenty of time to investigate sexual harassment complaints? Think again. The fact is that even a few days of unresolved sexual harassment can become the basis for a lawsuit. Act ­­immediately to stop harassment or face the ­consequences.

Recent case: Tonia worked at an apartment complex for just four days before she was fired under circumstances that culminated in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

It seems that as soon as she started working, several maintenance men began sniffing her. Yes, sniffing.

Tonia said two maintenance ­workers would enter her office and smell her as she sat at her desk. This occurred about 12 times over the course of four days.

Sometimes the men would come alone, and sometimes they appeared together. Tonia told them several times to stop. Apparently they were undeterred. The workers would sometimes sniff and hover directly over Tonia’s head when she was seated. Sometimes th...(register to read more)

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