Three executive assistants at CMEA, an investment firm in San Francisco, have filed a lawsuit against their employer for sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News. All three of the female plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court of California. The complaint alleges that John Haag, the operating partner at CMEA, repeatedly made sexual comments to the plaintiffs, often in front of other partners.
The women initially filed a formal complaint with the human resources department at CMEA in April 2012. The plaintiffs allege that their opportunities to receive overtime hours were greatly reduced following the complaint. Overtime accounts for approximately 25 to 30 percent of their income. One of the women became so distraught she resigned.
The effect of these overtime cuts to all three employees was devastating for these women, and CMEA should be held accountable if these decisions affecting the pay rates are proven to be in retaliation. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have been a victim of sexual harassment or retaliation for filing a complaint about harassment.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys