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Commissioner denies former aide’s sexual harassment charge

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Hiring,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Performance Reviews

Alyssa Ogden, former aide to Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White, says she was fired because she rebuffed numerous sexual advances since she joined White’s staff in April of 2007. She filed an EEOC complaint two days after being terminated in November, alleging that White took her on a trip to Atlanta within days of hiring her, where he attempted to share her hotel bed.

White has categorically denied the charges, saying Ogden is a disgruntled employee with “serious problems” who was fired for poor job performance. He has produced signed performance evaluations and a written log of oral counseling sessions dating back to September that document the reasons for her termination.

Note: White’s on the right track. Your best defense against a retaliation charge is a well-documented, legitimate business reason for the termination.

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