Sure, it’s theoretically possible for a man to suffer sexual harassment. But it would have to be pretty blatant to get very far in court, right?
The case: Corey met a woman at a bar, and before he knew it, she told him she had a job for him—working as an admissions counselor at a school in New York City that trains medical coders and medical assistants. Job offer aside, the two really hit it off. Before the night was over, they ended up at her house and had sex.
When Corey began working, he was successful right away, bringing in lots of students. Meanwhile, the sexual shenanigans continued, with Corey and his new boss often retreating to her office for midday romps.
After a while, Corey’s ex and their child moved to New York, and he began spending more time with his family. This enraged his boss, who sent many text messages to that effect. But she was torn, alternating between offering to buy Corey a new car and begging him to quit so she could “get over” him. Eventually she just fired him. Corey sued for harassment.
The verdict: What do you think? Slam dunk: A jury awarded Corey $40,000 in damages.
The lesson: Sexual harassment is an equal opportunity workplace hazard. Take every case seriously, regardless of the genders of those who are allegedly involved.
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