An Oklahoma judge recently ruled that your past sexual experiences do not
affect your right to bring a case for harassment. In a
lawsuit against Digicut Systems, a judge determined that a former prostitute – Susan Terry –
could bring a case for sexual harassment. Terry, who had previously run
a tanning salon that doubled as a brothel, said that her supervisor at
Digicut made unwanted and offensive sexual advances toward her.
A main issue in
sexual harassment cases is if the person claiming harassment truly feels uncomfortable and offended
by the sexual conduct. Each case is different and depends on how the unwelcome
conduct makes the specific person claiming harassment feel. Digicut argued
that Terry couldn’t feel offended because in the past she had acted
“much more sexually inappropriate” than the actions she is
Terry responded that she had changed her ways since being convicted in
2000 of prostitution, and now was a married woman and a “committed
The judge left the decision of whether she felt harassed for a jury to
decide, but stated that a person’s past sexual history should not
determine whether you have a legitimate harassment claim.
Your past sexual choices do not determine if you can bring a case for
harassment. Where another person’s sexual advances in the work place
make you uncomfortable, and you complain but nothing is done about the
conduct, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for harassment.
If you think you have been sexually harassed at work, we may be able to help.
For more information,
contact the law firm of
The Buckley Law Firm, LLC, dedicated to protecting worker’s rights.