We have written many times on this blog about the shocking prevalence of discrimination and harassment for government employees. In Pennsylvania and around the country, we rely on state and federal government entities to act within the bounds of the law and to treat employees and taxpayers fairly and with respect. Unfortunately, in many cases government entities appear to just as susceptible as private employers to illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and a host of other employment law violations.
Another case of a government employee being treated poorly and harassed at work came to our attention from Arizona, where a woman says that her boss at the Department of Transportation explicitly told her that sexual favors were a part of her job description.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court recently, her boss made repeated demands for sex at work. The woman says that she made it clear to her boss that the advances were unwelcome and that she did not want to consent to a sexual relationship with him. In return, he told her that her ongoing rejection would result in unfavorable treatment at work.
He apparently specifically threatened her with many adverse effects including but not limited to reduced hours, reduced overtime, less desirable office space, changing her work responsibilities and daily duties, denying training opportunities, and denying opportunities for advancement.
This type of conduct is so clearly illegal that is it shocking to hear of someone doing it so blatantly. It takes many peoples speaking up against unacceptable sexual harassment in the workplace to make it clear to employers and coworkers that it will not be tolerated.
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Source: Courthouse News Service, "Sex Isn't Part of the Job, Woman Tells Arizona," Jamie Ross, Sept. 14, 2012.