Employees in Chaska, Minnesota have the right to go to work and not have to worry about any harm coming to them from their coworkers or superiors. This includes harassment. Harassment is when someone’s behavior or words are unwelcome and have a negative impact on another. It can come in many forms, but a commonly heard about one is sexual harassment. There are many different behaviors that can be categorized as sexual harassment. Some of these include unwanted touching or physical advancements, offering an employee a promotion in exchange for sexual favors and comments and gestures or jokes that are sexual in nature.
A 62-year-old assemblyman from New York is in hot water after several of his former staffers and one current employee have accused him of sexual harassment. They say that the man created a work environment that was hostile by using language that was sexual and making unwanted physical advances on them. One woman said that the man tried to kiss her; others said he asked them to go to massage parlors and strip clubs with him.
In the face of these allegations, the lawmaker announced he would be retiring, but said he never had any sexual contact with those with whom he worked. He did say that there was inappropriate mutual exchanges that took place that should not have happened in the workplace, but he felt that they did not constitute sexual harassment.
Because the man retired, he will no longer be investigated by the ethics committee, however, he could still be subject to an investigation from The Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Source: New York Daily News, “Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak steps down after multiple sexual harassment claims,” Glenn Blain, Jan. 12, 2014