Posted On: March 20, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Over 100 Female Prison Employees File Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In Florda 111 female employees filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections, alleging they were subject to constant sexual harassment from male inmates. The women who are mostly nurses, said while they made their rounds, male inmates used graphic language and masturbated toward them. 'The conduct is so hostile, notorious and commonplace that it is referred to by prison staff and inmates alike as 'gunning,' '' according to the complaint.

The lawsuit alleges a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 of the 111 current and former employees and their' right to be free from sexual discrimination and harassment. The woman are alleging the creation of a hostile work environment.

The suit comes on the heels of recent jury awards of about $1.6 million for other female workers who said they faced the same treatment.

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