A former New York City Department of Parks & Recreation employee has filed a discrimination and retaliation suit against the city after she was fired after complaining about pervasive sexual harassment. Although city investigators largely corroborated her complaints against two supervisors, the woman lost her job.
The woman complained that at an unofficial holiday party, her supervisors set up a stripper’s pole and encouraged women to strip in exchange for career advancement. She claimed one supervisor stuck his face in her crotch and put his mouth on her breast.
She was transferred following the internal investigation, but when another co-worker named the same supervisor in a sexual harassment complaint, a New York Daily News article quoted both women. After the article ran, city investigators determined the offending supervisors had lied to them. One was demoted.
However, the woman who filed the original complaint was fired. Now she’s suing.
Note: Holiday parties, official or not, can be big trouble for employers if supervisors see them as an opportunity to harass subordinates.
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