Sexual harassment lawsuits have toppled many powerful men and in some cases, crippled entire companies. These incidents should serve as cautionary tales but thirst overrides common sense. “The Thirst” is like “The Force” in Star Wars; a powerful unseen energy that flows through us all, but some are more susceptible to the Dark Side than others.
Check out this story published yesterday by The Salt Lake Tribune:
A Utah County woman has sued her former employer, claiming she was sexually harassed at work, where she at one point received a suggestive Monday-through-Friday “schedule” outlining what she should wear.
The schedule given to 44-year-old Trudy Nycole Anderson included “Mini-skirt Monday,” “Tube-top Tuesday,” “Wet T-shirt Wednesday,” “No bra Thursday” and “Bikini top Friday,” according to a civil complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court against Derek Wright, the owner of Pleasant Grove-based Lone Peak Controls and D& L Electric Control Company. Anderson worked as an office manager starting in September 2007, and Wright was her supervisor.
During her employment, Wright “repeatedly asked Ms. Anderson about her breast size and talked about her breasts in front of other employees,” the complaint states. He also allegedly asked the woman to show him her breasts and inquired about whether she shaved her pubic area, according to the complaint. Wright allegedly slapped Anderson on her buttocks at least twice and asked the woman for oral sex on several occasions, the complaint states.
“Wet T-shirt Wednesday?” Sounds like this suPERVisor has Twitter on the brain. #ThongThursday is great for the exhibitionists and horndogs in that mosh-pit of a social network… but it doesn’t translate very well into corporate offices with mandatory sexual harassment classes. Maybe he would’ve worked out better as a supervisor at Hooters. The Thirst claims yet another victim.
As inappropriate and misguided as he may have been, I do understand this guy’s vision for “Mini-skirt Monday.” Perhaps I’ll incorporate that into office at The Spizzy… today is Monday, after all.
May The Thirst Be With You.