And, then, there are those that allegedly do. It is on
those occasions that this blog can practically write itself.
Take, for example, AutoNation.
According to a complaint recently filed in California state court -- well,
let's just say that AutoNation better have some good lawyers.
Two men, Joshua McCarty and Kevin Petrie, filed this
complaint against AutoNation for, among other things, sexual harassment.
The complaint contains some incredible tales of bacchinalia:
"AutoNation and the [male] individual
defendants participated in and/or fostered a sexually charged and drug and
alcohol infused environment where management would force Josh and other
employees to go to strip bars and brothels and would try to get Josh and others
to receive sexual acts. In addition, AutoNation and the individual defendants
would make sexually suggestive remarks, jokes and other inappropriate communications."
You may be thinking to yourself, can a man sexually
harass another man? Sure can. So says the Supreme
Court. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when
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. Heck, sexual desire does
not have to motivate the harassing conduct. Usually, it's just a desire to
Your employees and supervisors may not grasp that
same-sex harassment is illegal. Therefore, be sure to mention it in your
anti-harassment policy. And definitely address it in your respect in the
This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer
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