If Your Workplace Has “No bra Thursday,” It’s Time For Some Harassment Training

If Your Workplace Has “No bra Thursday,” It’s Time For Some Harassment Training

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a Utah woman has sued her former employer, claiming she was sexually harassed at work. The allegations, according to her federal lawsuit, are outrageous:

  • Her supervisor provided a written work schedule that included "Mini-skirt Monday," "Tube-top Tuesday," "Wet T-shirt Wednesday," "No bra Thursday," and "Bikini top Friday."
  • Her supervisor repeatedly asked "about her breast size and talked about her breasts in front of other employees."
  • He asked her to show him her breasts, and inquired about whether she shaved her pubic area.
  • He slapped her on her buttocks at least twice.
  • He repeatedly asked her for oral sex.
  • He offered a free mammogram when she asked for time off for a doctor's appointment.
  • He told her he was installing a shower in the office so they could shower together.
  • He offered a recipe for a "sex cake."

He also allegedly told her that she'd be fired if she did not sign a document granting him permission to sexually harass her. You can toss all of the other facts out the window. If the plaintiff can produce a piece of paper in which the employer asked her to give up her rights to be free from harassment, this case is over. And, it will be over with a huge settlement to avoid the risk of a crippling award of punitive damages.

Do I need to even say that "No bra Thursdays" are a workplace no-no?

You can read the complete list of allegations in the complaint: Anderson v. Lone Peak Controls.

Visit the Ohio Employer's Law Blog to access a copy of the complaint and for more practical employment law information.

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