A sheriff's deputy has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Wayne County Sheriff's Department in Michigan. The deputy claims that female boss was sexually harassing him in workplace between November 2014 and October of 2015. When he reported this complaint to his male superiors, they allegedly laughed at the idea. The case now being tried in the U.S. District Court of Detroit.
Deputy Philip Kozlowski Sr., 53 and a 24-year veteran, claimed that his boss sexually taunted him for more than a year with inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and lewd behavior, which even included offers of oral sex. Kozlowski also claims this boss suggested they get his wife drunk and have a threesome. The boss also reportedly sent others on fake assignments to be alone with the deputy and would drive past his home. Another incident involved trapping him in an office and turning off the lights.
According to an interview with Detroit's Fox 2 TV, Kozlowski's lawyer Scott Batey said, "He told her to stop; he told her he wasn't interested. He let her know in no uncertain terms that nothing was going to happen." But the harassment continued, causing stress in the Sheriff's Office because co-workers thought Kozlowski was getting preferential treatment.
After filing an official complaint in October 2015, the deputy was transferred to the Sheriff's Office phone bank as punishment for filing charges. The job was a demotion that came with a loss of $10,000 in annual pay. Kozlowski is asking for $75,000 in damages.
Women workers are held to the same standards as their male counterparts here in Texas. If you or a family member is experiencing sexual harassment by a co-worker or superior, sometimes the only way to put a stop to it is to file a lawsuit. If an employer doesn't respond to complaints by an employee, they can be held liable in a court of law, just as the Wayne County Sheriff's Office is. Strong legal representation may be able to gain financial compensation for damages as well as possible reinstatement of job if that is desired.