Retaliation/Sexual Harassment

An administrative assistant, who had been previously employed by a small construction company insured by Monitor, filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging retaliation. The former employee claimed she had been terminated for complaining about sexual harassment by a male coworker. The investigation conducted by Monitor’s assigned defense counsel revealed the claimant openly engaged in sexual conversations and flirting with the male employee in question after consuming alcoholic beverages at company events. This male employee did admit to slapping the claimant’s rear end for which he was reprimanded. The matter ultimately was settled. Defense costs exceeded $40,000.

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