California readers likely know that a head official appointed by the federal government is facing numerous complaints for her alleged sexual misconduct with employees. A lawsuit was filed by an employee of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement alleging that he was subject to sexual harassment by the agency's chief of staff, Suzanne Barr. The lawsuit, which asks for approximately $4 million in damages, has led to other complaints being filed against the same woman.
Within the workplace, supervisors and managers are in a position of power. This position comes with a certain level of responsibility and a code of proper conduct. In every state across the nation, it is illegal to abuse this power by harassing employees. Unfortunately, some managers ignore these laws and regulations, which can result in a civil lawsuit filed by one or more employees. This is what happened recently when a California state park supervisor was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Several victims of sexual harassment have come forward with accusations against Carlos Bustamante, a former Orange County official and current Santa Ana city councilman. He stands accused of sexual harassment against women with whom he worked with while employed as a public works executive with the county. His arrest has focused a spotlight on these types of crimes and the efforts of victims who seek to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
A senior employee at the Los Angeles Unified School District is now denying he has agreed to a settlement with the school district for $200,000 in a lawsuit he filed against the district. The complaint accuses the former superintendent of the school district of sexual harassment. The plaintiff alleges he was taken by the defendant to his ranch north of Los Angeles in July 2010, where the superintendent made unwanted sexual advances.