Posted On: February 17, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

U.S. Security Associates Must Pay $2.4 Million In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

U.S. Security Associates Inc. must pay Jamie Marks $2.4 million because she was sexually harassed at work. The sexual harassment lawsuit, filed in federal court claims that Jamie Marks was repeatedly propositioned by Chris Hargrove for sex. Additionally it was claimed that Hargrove inappropriately touched her. In a remarkable piece of testimony Marks claims that Hargrove masturbated in front of her. Marks made complaints to management about the incidents and nothing happened.

Another lawsuit is pending against U.S. Security Associates in federal court with six plaintiffs all alleging sexual harassment. This is a good example of what not to do if you are a company. Can you imagion that a supervisor is engaging in this type of behavior and the company does nothing to stop it. It turns out that this level of ignorance was costly to the company as they are $2.4 million dollars lighter.

"There was a level of arrogance on the part of the company," Haynes said. "They weren't going to do anything about Hargrove."

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