CalPERS Board Member Censured After Sexual Harassment Complaints

Complaints of sexual harassment from system employees have led to the board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System censuring board member John Joseph Jelincic Jr., the Sacramento Bee reported on September 16, 2011. The board voted 8-0 to suspend Jelincic for six months from his chairmanship of the CalPERS investments policy subcommittee and his vice chairmanship of the health benefits committee.

According to the Bee, three women in Jelincic’s department complained that he leered at them and spoke to them inappropriately before and after assuming his seat on the board in January 2010, although Jelincic claims some events did not happen and others were misinterpreted. The group also voted to limit Jelincic’s board-related travel until March 1, 2012, and require him to attend sensitivity training.

According to a news release, Jelincic has served on the board since December 2009 as an at-large member, also having been an investment officer for the fund for 25 years. Even if Jelincic’s alleged actions constitute were “misinterpreted,” those actions still contributed to a “hostile working” environment for the victims. If you feel that you are also currently employed in a “hostile working” environment or have been the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment, contact one of our Los Angeles employment lawyers today to discuss your case. The lawyers at our firm can answer all of your questions about what constitutes sexual harassment during a confidential consultation.

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