Sexual Harassment Complaint Gets Ashley Fired


Ashley had been working at a phone provider store branch as a customer service representative. A new model of a popular phone had recently been released and they were experiencing an influx of customers to upgrade to the phone. The store kept floor models of all the phones they carried so that customers could get a hands-on look at the specs and features. Sean, one of the other customer service representatives, was typically scheduled at the same time as Ashley. Although she maintained a friendly work relationship with Sean, she didn’t really like him as a person since he seemed to be a creep. One day, Ashley noticed a large group of kids huddled around a floor phone. She went over to ask if they needed any help when she saw, to her horror, a picture taken up a girl’s skirt. She quickly diverted the group of kids away. She grabbed the phone and flipped through the pictures and realized many of the sexual pictures were of her female co-workers as she recognized the khaki color skirt. She brought the phone to her manager, Roger, to show him that someone had been taking inappropriate pictures. Ashley assumed it had been a customer at first but then realized it had to have been a co-worker. She immediately thought of Sean and brought her concern to Roger. Roger was not confrontational and did not want to upset Sean just in case it was not him. Roger conducted no investigation despite Ashley’s numerous written and verbal complaints (http://scmclaw.com). Finally, after months of no corrective action or investigation, she contacted a sexual harassment lawyer.

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