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by Frank P. Spada Jr., Esq.

A worker alleges a male supervisor repeatedly engaged in fondling and other sexual harassment.

An employee complains about a supervisor’s sexual innuendo and groping, and then, while accessing his work e-mail, finds images of the supervisor nude and performing a sex act.

In both these situations, the employees were men. In the first case, the harasser was a man; in the second, a woman. Both cases resulted in EEOC sexual harassment claims.

Has society considered harassment cases brought by men the same way as those brought by women? Apparently not. In a Los Angeles case, filed against a restaurant’s two male owners, twin brothers Jed and Wyatt Lorenzen convinced a jury that they had been victims of sexual harassment. But they were awarded only $1,000 each in damages.

Sexual harassment is often a product of the power and control the harasser wields over the victim because of his or her relative posi...(register to read more)

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