Monday, August 8, 2011
Woman sues over 'No bra Thursday,' claiming boss gave her what-to-wear schedule that included 'Mini-skirt Monday'
An office manager is suing her former employer, claiming her boss at the time gave her a Monday to Friday schedule of how to dress, including 'Tube-top Tuesday' and 'No bra Thursday.
Trudy Nycole Anderson, 44, of Utah County, Utah, claims she was sexually harassed and is seeking undisclosed damages
She filed the suit in U.S. District Court against Derek Wright, the owner of Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electric Control Company.
Miss Anderson says the dress code schedule given to her was: Mini-skirt Monday, Tube-top Tuesday, Wet T-shirt Wednesday, No bra Thursday and Bikini top Friday.
During her employment, Mr Wright 'repeatedly asked Miss Anderson about her breast size and talked about her breasts in front of other employees,' the complaint states.
According to the complaint he also allegedly asked her to show him her breasts and inquired about whether she shaved her pubic area.
Wright allegedly slapped Anderson on her buttocks at least twice and asked the woman for oral sex on several occasions, the complaint states.
When she told Wright, who was her supervisor, that she needed to take time away from the office for a medical appointment, he allegedly told Miss Anderson that he would 'give her a mammogram for free.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Wright also allegedly told Miss Anderson he was installing a shower in the office so the two could shower together.
He allegedly offered her a recipe for 'sex cake' and she claims he purchased a product that he sprayed around the office, saying it was 'meant to arouse women.
Miss Anderson said Wright viewed pornography in the office and in 2007, the year she started, he brought her a document stating that she would agree to allow him to sexually harass her.
The complaint states that if Anderson didn’t sign the document, Wright told her she would lose her job.
Wright knew Anderson was a single mother of three and was an easy target because she wasn’t in a position to quit her job, the lawsuit claims.
Anderson is suing under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, claiming she reported the sexual harassment and Wright retaliated by firing her in February 2011.
She is also suing for battery, in connection with an incident where Wright allegedly slapped her; negligent infliction of emotional distress; and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
'Miss Anderson has lost wages' since the firing, her lawsuit states. 'As a result of the stress and emotional trauma of this experience, Ms. Anderson has been losing sleep, seeking professional help and has ulcers.
'Wright’s outrageous conduct described in this complaint offends generally accepted standards of decency and morality in this community,' the complaint states.
The case has been assigned to U.S. Magistrate Samuel Alba.