Sexual harassment can cause a real problem at work. Sexual harassment comes not only in the form of quid pro quo If you sleep with me, you'll get the promotion , but in the form of inappropriate jokes, pornography on office computers, and touching someone who doesn't want to be touched, in a sexual or suggestive way. When an employee reports a claim of sexual harassment , the company is obligated to investigate. Normally that responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Human Resources department, but the investigation can be handled by an outside person, frequently an attorney, if the company doesn't have a dedicated HR department or person. Some companies will choose to bring in a consultant or an attorney, in any case, to investigate such a claim because of concerns about impartiality.
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Kesha v. Sebert filed a civil suit against Gottwald in October for infliction of emotional distress, gender-based hate crimes and employment discrimination. Gottwald has denied all of the allegations. In the legal documents filed in support of his defamation suit against Sebert, he claims that Sebert and her mother made "defamatory statements in an attempt to extort Gottwald [Dr. Luke] into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement".
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Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson , U. The case was the first of its kind to reach the Supreme Court and would redefine sexual harassment in the workplace. It established the standards for analyzing whether conduct was unlawful and when an employer would be liable.
The award capped a trial in which the former physician assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento alleged she filed multiple complaints to no avail during her two-year tenure. The complaints included an allegation that one surgeon would greet her each morning by saying, "I'm horny," and then slap her bottom, the Los Angeles Times reported. Ani Chopourian Verdict.