Former Santa Cruz Mayor Sued for Sexual Harassment

According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a former employee has sued the former Santa Cruz mayor Emily Reilly and her husband Robert Nahas over allegations of sexual harassment. Photo of female worker

The news source reported that the plaintiff, a former employee of Emily’s Good Things to Eat, says she was groped by Nahas, and that he engaged in unwanted sexual advances including licking her coffee cups and sniffing her personal belongings. The woman worked at the bakery owned by the couple from 2012 until May of this year.

The plaintiff claims that she complained about the alleged sexual harassment, but nothing was done to alleviate the situation. Reilly was the mayor of Santa Cruz from 2003 to 2007. The couple has declined to comment on the lawsuit, calling it a personnel matter.

Aside from sexual harassment, the lawsuit alleges “wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual discrimination and failure to prevent sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.” The plaintiff claims that Nahas discussed his sex life with her and asked her about her own, and that there were times he would block the bakery’s exit and force her to hug him. It also claims that he offered her cash in exchange for hugs and affection.

The woman claims that she was relieved of her managerial duties when she complained about the behavior.

Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment by Contacting our Los Angeles Labor Attorneys

As this case allegedly shows, if you have been sexually harassed at work, there are many ways you can handle it. In addition to speaking to our Los Angeles labor attorneys, speak to a human resources representative at your job about any unwanted sexual advancements that may be occurring to you.

Federal laws protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. When an employee reports that he or she is being harassed, an employer has a duty to properly investigate the complaint and take action.

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