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How not to handle harassment against a man

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Sexual harassment is wrong, whether the victim is male or female. Ignoring female-on-male harassment isn’t a good idea and can land your organization in big trouble.

Consider this central Pennsylvania case that is going to trial soon. A judge has concluded that not only can a man be sexually harassed, but he may be due punitive damages for his suffering.

Recent case: Johnny, who is a 37-year veteran of the armed forces, took a job for an outsourcing firm in rural Pennsylvania. Three months later, he was discharged for allegedly not showing up for work and violating a no-call policy.

It was the events that transpired in the intervening months that have spurred a lawsuit over alleged female-on-male sexual harassment and retaliation.

Johnny took a job as an accounts receivable representative. An accounts manager, Leigh, provided work assignments. An operations manager, Cortney, supervised the overall operation. Cortney’s mother...(register to read more)

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