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Sexual harassment claim alleges CEO bartered for man's wife

In what is somewhat of a departure from the typical form of workplace harassment, a CEO stands accused of attempting to barter with a male employee to have sex with his wife. Although this particular sexual harassment suit has somewhat of a twist to it, it also contains the classic elements of workplace abuse taking place in Texas and elsewhere. The target of the CEO's inappropriate solicitations was initially a female employee, but when she apparently refused to cooperate, he then began trying to get to her through her husband who was also an employee at the company.

The CEO offered the woman's husband full access to the corporation's credit cards if he would arrange for his wife to have sex with him. The husband also claims that the CEO solicited his wife for sex while in front of him on several occasions. He was repeatedly shown nude pictures of women that the CEO said were company employees and the husband recognized some of the photos as being that of company management. The CEO also asked the husband to show him nude pictures of his wife. The husband alleges that he was fired because of his refusal to accept the CEO's offers.

In one of the more typical examples of workplace harassment, the wife alleges that the CEO made aggressive sexual advances towards her when she was in a position where she could not get away. In this case, the advances took place on the company jet while it was in the air. The CEO began by making inappropriate verbal references to oral sex and about the Mile High Club -- a club in which a perquisite for membership is having sex while flying. The verbal overtures escalated to the level of the CEO placing his arm around the woman and attempting to kiss her.

The couple is seeking punitive damages as a result of sexual harassment. Although abuses involving inappropriate solicitations have occurred in Texas and elsewhere, the alleged bartering for an employee's sexual favors through her husband makes this case somewhat unusual. Although the law generally favors terminated employees being returned to work, the reality of the bad blood that results in many harassment situations gives cause for monetary compensation for lost income and emotional damages to be awarded instead.

Source: Source: Courthouse News, "Employee Claims CEO Asked for His Wife," Joe Harris, July 2, 2013

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