Two custodians who were fired within a week of each other in October 2013 are suing their supervisor for sexual harassment. The two women were hired two years apart, in 2010 and 2012, and they both experienced similar sexual advances from their supervisor during their time there. They also accuse the school district of suppressing previous reports indicating the supervisor sexually harassed other employees.
We won't get into the details in this case because much of the language and actions allegedly performed by the supervisor are incredibly lewd and lascivious. There are some extremely direct and despicable acts that were allegedly done, and the two women who were fired have brought their federal lawsuit forward to hold their former supervisor accountable for his actions.
What is interesting about this story is just how representative it is of sexual harassment cases as a whole. Most, if not all, of the details feel like stereotypical sexual harassment behaviors lifted from a training document that you are not supposed to do. For example:
- The supervisor allegedly leveraged his position of power to convince the women to perform sexual acts.
- The supervisor allegedly used sexually charged language and physically touched the women filing the suit.
- The supervisor also allegedly made disparaging sexual comments about the women.
It's appalling, but it shows just how ingrained some of this behavior is for many people. It is a disturbing worldview, and one that no employee should have to deal with once, let alone repeatedly over years. Sexual harassment is illegal, and any victim of such behavior must hold their offending co-worker responsible.
Source: NY Daily News, "Custodians were fired from Kansas high school district for reporting supervisor's sexual harassment, lawsuit says," Jason Silverstein, Feb. 6, 2017