Less than a month after ex-employee Irene Morales sued American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for sexual harassment, four women are banding together in a similar lawsuit. Onetime worker and model, Kimbra Lo, has come forward to claim sexual harassment during a meeting in his bedroom. Lo’s claim is part of a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that also named three other women, Alyssa Ferguson, Marissa Wilson and Tesa Lubans-Dehaven. Ferguson, Wilson, and Lubans-Dehaven did not publicly disclose the nature of their complaints because they signed confidentiality agreements while employed at American Apparel. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Full article: NY Times.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis. For more information: EEOC Website.
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