The Goodhue County Board has dismissed sexual harassment complaints against three county employees, finding the charges unsubstantiated. A female employee of the county Veterans Services Office complained that her new boss created a “hostile work environment” for her and that county officials “retaliated” against her after she filed her complaint.
She alleged that her supervisor stared at her breasts on his first day on the job. The complaint also included the county administrator and the County Human Resources Director.
Apparently, this is not the first time the officer was accused of ogling. During his tenure at a similar position in Washington County, he was formally reprimanded because “on numerous occasions [he] exhibited a pattern of inappropriate eye contact of looking and staring at breasts of multiple female employees.”
The woman has vowed to take legal action against the county.
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