Shanelle Howard, an actress on television’s ‘The Mentalist,’ has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Warner Brothers, according to The Huffington Post. Howard worked as a background actress on the popular CBS television program since it first aired in 2008.
Howard claims that her role on the show became diminished and eventually eliminated after she reported sexual harassment to management. When Howard initially complained in October of 2011, her work week went from 5 days to two.
Howard claims she was subject to “a daily barrage of sexually based comments and unsuitable conduct” from Loni Moore, a colleague of Howard’s at Warner Brothers.
Some of the alleged comments from Moore included “I’m married but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun,” “Are you wearing thongs today or nothing at all?” as well as physical groping. In the spring, the network stopped offering her work all together.
This appears to be solid grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit. This type of behavior is unacceptable, and employers must protect workers from this type of hostile work environment. Please contact us today for a free consultation if you have experienced sexual harassment at work.
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