Two employees at the University Akron in Ohio resigned on September 21 after allegations of sexual harassment, according to Ohio.com. One of the employees, Randy Rivers, is a candidate running for Summit County Sherriff. The sexual harassment complaint was filed against Rivers by a female employee, who also claims that River’s supervisor, Michael Jalbert, was dismissive of the allegations and took no action to correct it.
The Equal Employment Opportunity investigator, employed by the university, interviewed 18 people about the allegations. According to the complaint, Rivers would often stare at the victim and make other inappropriate sexual comments. The investigator found both Rivers and Jalbert were in violation of the school’s sexual harassment and conduct policies.
“I am constantly worrying about the next work day and how I am going to avoid certain situations with Mr. Rivers,” said the victim in the written complaint. “I have a hard time concentrating on tasks while he’s sitting in my office staring at me and I want to hide when I hear him coming down the hallway.”
The University of Akron must take steps to ensure these types of claims are not ignored in the future. Please visit our site for more information on sexual harassment, and contact our office for a free consultation.
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