Two male employees at a Circuit City store in Delaware County have filed a suit alleging their male manager engaged in a campaign of sexual harassment. It started with the manager tickling their palms with his middle finger, then escalated to unwanted shoulder massages, comments about oral sex and groping.
The men, who joined the store after graduating high school, allege that the harassment began immediately after the new manager took over in 2005. When they complained, they say they were punished. Both quit within six months, while the manager remained at the store despite the lawsuit.
Final note: Male-on-male sexual harassment still comprises only 14% of all sexual harassment claims, but such lawsuits are on the rise as men become aware of their rights, an EEOC spokesperson said.
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