The Hempstead Mayor and the Hempstead Justice have begun a heated battle and have called for each other’s resignation. Village Justice Tanya Hobson-Williams alleges that Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall Sr. sexual harassed her and tried to intimidate her. Hall has accused Hobson-Williams of judicial misconduct. Hall denied the claims and said he is outraged by the allegations. Attorney Rick Ostrove, of Leeds Brown Law, filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, on behalf of Hobson-Williams, accusing Hall of sexual harassment, discrimination and intimidation.The bottom line is it appears to us the mayor has used his power and his influence to make sexual advances towards her,” Ostrove stated. “When she rejected his sexual harassment, he retaliated against her.” Full article.
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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