Making the workplace a fun environment is something many companies strive to achieve. Summer and “causal” Fridays are some commonly used incentives to keep workers happy, but let’s just say some places take it way too far.
Take for example a company in Utah that gave their 44-year-old office manager, Trudy Nycole Anderson, a schedule outlining what she should wear each day of the week:
- Mini-skirt Monday
- Tube-top Tuesday
- Wet T-shirt Wednesday
- No bra Thursday
- Bikini top Friday
This is not a tactic to make an employee happy or a workplace more fun — it’s sexual harassment. If that wasn’t enough for Anderson to sue her former employer, she also suffered repeated sexual harassment from her supervisor Derek Wright.
According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court against Wright, he is accused of doing the following to Anderson:
- Asking about her breast size and talking about her breasts in front of other employees
- Asking her to show him her breasts
- Inquiring about whether she shaved her pubic area
- Slapping her buttocks at least twice
- Asking her for oral sex on several occasions
- Telling her they could shower together after he installed a shower in the office
- Giving her a recipe for “sex cake”
- Spraying a product around the office that he said was “meant to arouse women”
What’s more? Wright gave Anderson a document stating she would agree to allow him to sexually harass her and told her she would lose her job if she didn’t sign the document.
Ultimately, after reporting the sexual harassment Anderson was fired in February 2011. She is now suing Wright for battery (remember the slaps to her buttocks), negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This story is just so incredible. Who knows how long Anderson suffered this repeated sexual harassment and how many other women suffered under Dwight’s supervision. I sincerely hope justice for Anderson is served here and that the entire company is reviewed in case there are other offending supervisors.
Best of luck to you Anderson!
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