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CBS reporter sues bosses for sexual harassment

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Former CBS News entertainment reporter Ken Lombardi claims two male bosses groped him and made unwanted advances, and a female boss refused to investigate his charges. According to lawsuit documents, Lombardi claims that Duane Tollison, then a senior producer, drunkenly groped him and kissed him on the neck at a holiday party.

Allegedly, a second superior, Albert “Chip” Colley, was similarly intoxicated at a meeting with Lombardi in a bar where he started kissing Lombardi, too. The complaint quotes Colley as saying, “that he did not really believe being bisexual was real and told plaintiff that he was actually completely gay.”

Lombardi also maintains that Paula Cohen, manager of the CBS News entertainment department, failed to investigate his claims and even taunted him over the charges. Lombardi has since left CBS.

Note: Employers have an obligation to quickly and professionally investigate sexual harassment charges. Any unreasonable delay will look bad to a jury.

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