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Woman Sues Boss For Sexual Harassment After Receiving a Sex Toy For a Gift

February 8, 2011

As our San Bernardino County employment attorneys discussed in a recent sexual harassment in the workplace blog, according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment based on sex is a form of discrimination that is against the law.

In recent employment news that our Santa Ana, California legal team has been following, a woman has filed a lawsuit against her boss for allegedly subjecting her to sexual harassment and discrimination by giving her a sex toy for her birthday.

According to the lawsuit, Silvia Olveira experienced intentional and offensive acts of sexual harassment by her boss after she was hired at Mansi International in October of 2008. Olveira claims that during her employment, Ibrahim Mansi constantly discussed his sexual exploits with her, requested intimate details about her sexual life, subjected her to physical harassment that included slapping her buttocks and attempting kiss and hug her, requested that Olveira sit on his lap, and commented on her breasts and buttocks. Mansi also allegedly asked if he could hand out her salary by placing it in her work pants. On her 33rd birthday, Olveira reportedly received a life-like sex toy from her boss in the shape of a large vibrating male penis.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances, requests for favors of a sexual nature, as well as other physical or verbal contact that implicitly or explicitly affect an employee's work environment, unreasonably interferes with an employee's work performance, or creates a hostile work environment.

Olveira alleges that after complaining about the harassment, she was retaliated against for the duration of her employment with unjustifiable public criticism and scolding. Olveira claims that she was forced to quit her job in February of 2009 as a result of the blatant sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex, that caused a hostile and offensive work environment.

Howard Law, PC represents employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment and are seeking recovery and employers who have been wrongfully accused of sexual harassment. Contact our team of experienced labor & employment lawyers today for a free consultation about your employment rights.

Boss Rewards Worker With Nice Vibrator, Gets Sued as Thanks, The Gothamist, February 2, 2011

Time to Re-gife? NYC Woman Silvia Olveira Claims Boss Gave Her Sex Toy, Sues for Harassment, CBS News, February 3, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About Sexual Harassment, EEOC

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Female Worker Sues for Harassment--Claims Boss Hit Her With Live Cockroach, Made Her Crawl Like Dog, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 13, 2011