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Don’t ignore sexual harassment complaint

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Think ignoring complaints about sexually explicit talk, jokes or inappropriate touching will make the problems go away? Wrong! Chances are the behavior will only escalate.

Recent case: Carol quit her job at a candy factory and sued, alleging she had endured several years of intense sexual harassment.

For example, she claimed that three men took a job Carol loved and turned it into “a living hell” by following her and commenting on her body, waving sex toys at her and once grabbing her around the neck, telling her she “liked it rough.” Once, they frightened her so much she urinated in her pants.

The court noted “that a reasonable person would not want to be relegated to a life of perpetual worry and anxiety … in which their inherent human dignity was continually assailed.” It ordered a trial. (Standen v. Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, No. 3:11cv1988, MD PA, 2014)

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