A vocation economics expert witness advises on a case involving a woman who claims she was repeatedly subjected to her male boss’s requests for dates and his regaling of his sexual exploits with his wife and coworkers in flagrant violation of company policies on office protocol and employee retention. The boss also frequently sought back rubs from female employees, which plaintiff refused to perform.
After plaintiff told her boss, who also served as her district manager, that she was offended, her otherwise good working relationship with him deteriorated. He yelled and screamed at plaintiff and berated her about her inability to successfully do her job. She alleges that one of the female sales assistants who obliged him was promoted. A male employee who complained about the treatment of the female employees was terminated.
Plaintiff said she received no resolution from her complaint to Human Resources. She was granted her transfer request, but still had regular daily phone contact with her boss, as he remained her district manager. Plaintiff alleges that her boss was abusive, disrespectful, vulgar, insulting and generally offensive each time she called.
She was written up several times, and her boss refused to approve discounts to her customers but allowed them for other employees, negatively impacting her ability to complete a sale and earn money. She ultimately was discharged.
She alleges the company interfered with her employment in retaliation for her complaints about her boss’s offensive behavior. Further, the company condoned and encouraged the actions or inaction of human resources personnel.