Resort Provided No Haven For Sexually Harassed Employee, EEOC Says

The Resort at Squaw Creek let a male employee sexually harass a female bartender and banquet server for more than 18 months before demoting her, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on September 29, 2011, that Shira Garfinkel repeatedly rejected advances from a co-worker while employed at the resort from December 2005 to July 2007.

Garfinkel eventually got a court restraining order against the co-worker after he became hostile, threatened her and ultimately broke into her home. The suit alleges that resort managers ignored her previous requests for protection, but moved her to another location with reduced work hours and seniority only after the break-in while leaving him at his job with no penalty.

“I kept begging the company to do something to protect me,” Garfinkel said in a statement released by the EEOC. “Instead of taking action against the harasser, I was the one who suffered the consequences.”

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