Harassment knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, it occurs
in workplaces of any shape and size and can be effectuated by persons in
positions of every variety and in every industry. Even a quick look at the
story reported in today's News
Journal makes this very clear.
According to the story, a partner at a prestigious law
firm in Indianapolis became seemingly obsessed with a female intern, who was
later hired as an associate. The associate filed suit based on the partner's
conduct, which, if to be believed, is outrageous, bordering on horrifying.
Some of the conduct alleged includes that the partner
sent an email to the law firm, pretending to be the firm's managing partner,
claiming that the associate had acted in pornographic movies and suggesting
that she had been awarded her job at the firm as a result of performing sexual
favors. The email also included a video clip of a young woman dancing
topless-the video was not the female associate. The email was one
incident in a string of similar aggressions by the partner.
As a result of the conduct, the Indiana Supreme Court
suspended the partner's law license for at least three years.
If true, this story is a sad example of the
equal-opportunity nature of harassment in the workplace.
Read more Labor and Employment Law insights from Margaret (Molly) DiBianca in the Delaware
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