Woman Sues Employer After “Mini-Skirt” Mondays

 

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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102 comments

Lika S.
Lika S5 years ago

It's so outrageous that you can't make this up. It's intimidating when your boss acts like this, and tries to force a woman to this sort of thing. The subjugation to this sort of harassment is actually a form of abuse. Like many abuse victims, she was afraid.

Just because a boss pays me doesn't give him or her the right to harass me. If I am doing my job, that's what they pay me for. If I'm NOT performing up to par, then let me know. It's a shame that the male colleagues didn't chime in to help her. I'd have quit due to principal, and pushed it to the board.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

I can't believe she actually went through with it for some time. Damn I would have punched him!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Rebecca S. Aug 11, 2011 6:20 PM. I say, the usual suspects!

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon5 years ago

My only question is why it took so long for her take action against such obvious aggregious behavior?

Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Sexual Harassment is no uncertain terms. Sue the SOB!

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

If the allegations are true, this is so outrageous that I don't see how anyone could consider it to be anything other than a very serious situation meriting serious legal action.

Maarja L.
Maarja L5 years ago

This really is outrageous.

Mark Leung
Emma G5 years ago

What a sick ****...hope he goes to jail and gets a taste of his own medicine!...if you know what I mean!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Veronica C.
Veronica C5 years ago

I need a shower just reading the crap that he's done!! What a disrespectful pig. I don't imagine this slob gets many dates. He's a disgrace to men!