Italy's Silvio Berlusconi faces New Scandal

Italian prosecutors are investigating claims that Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid a 17 year old girl for sex and abused the powers of his office by trying to cover up the liaison.  The prime minister is accused of attempting to conceal encounters between himself and a then underage Moroccan dancer known by the stage name Ruby Heartbreak.  The prime minister’s lawyers quickly denied the allegations.  While the age of sexual consent in Italy is 14, it is a crime to aid or exploit the prostitution of someone younger than 18.  The investigation was the latest scandal for the 74 year old leader, who has faced accusations of bribery, tax fraud and sexual improprieties.  Read More

Berlusconi is an international leader who must face accusations of sexual improprieties. In the United States, the law is outlined specifically to prevent these types of violations from occurring.  For example, issues of sexual harassment are governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As well as by state-level sexual harassment statutes which prohibit sexual harassment to and provide victims with a means to pursue justice.

Sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways:

  1. Quid pro quo harassment which can constitute a one-time occurrence or involve repeated behavior requiring a person to tolerate some form of sexual harassment in order to get a job, keep a job, get a raise or promotion, or to receive some other benefit. This harassment can come from a prospective employer, a current employer, a manager or supervisor, or a co-worker. The sex and sexual orientation of your harasser does not matter.
  2. Hostile work environment which involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.

Employers that foster or allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees. For more information, see:

The lawyers at Leeds Morelli and Brown strive to successful judgments for their clients, including any former employees or recently fired workers who have been sexually harassed in the workplace.  If you or someone you know has been faced with sexual discrimination or sexual harassment, please contact our our office Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, 1888-585-4658., One Old Country Road, Suite 347, Carle Place, NY, 11514-1851.

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