Utah Woman Sues Employer Over 'No Bra Thursday' And Other Dress Code Guidelines
There are times when instances of sexual harassment in the workplace are open to interpretation and result from a misunderstanding. And then there's the kind of conduct that's alleged to have happened at an electrical company in Utah.
Derek Wright, the owner of Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electrical Control Company in Pleasant Grove, has been charged with sexual harassment by one of his employees, Trudy Nycole Anderson, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Anderson, 44, who filed the charges in U.S. District Court, put together a catalog of offenses that dwarfs the notorious and alleged pubic hair comment of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill fame.
But unlike the Washington-based Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where Thomas and Hill worked together, and its some 3,000 employees, Wright's alleged exploits took place in front of a much smaller audience. As Examiner.com reports, D&L counted a staff between five and nine members.
As put together by the Daily Mail from the original complaint, her allegations include the following: that Wright had a dress code that for Anderson that included Mini-skirt Monday, Tube-top Tuesday, Wet T-Shirt Wednesday, No Bra Thursday and Bikini Top Friday; he presented her with a document asking that she agree to allow him to sexually harass her as a condition of her employment; and his offering of a recipe for a "sex cake." He also floated the possibility of installing a shower in the office so that the two could bathe together.
But it seems that breasts were Wright's favorite topic. He regularly questioned Anderson over her chest size, and would take to discussing her breasts in front of other employees, the complaint maintains. "Wright's outrageous conduct ... offends generally accepted standards of decency and morality in this community," it says.
Anderson's complaint also says that Wright felt secure in making his most brazen advances because he knew that she, as the single mother of three children, couldn't risk losing her job. But four years into her employ, she filed suit anyway in February, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Wright responded by firing her, leading to the current legal proceedings. In addition to the sexual harassment charges, Anderson also alleges that she was the victim of battery in at least two instances of Wright slapping her buttocks.
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