Lafayette College Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $1 Million
Lafayette College pays $1 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by female employees. According to the lawsuit a campus police officer sexually harassed the females and subjected them to other lewd behavior. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of five women. According to the lawsuit the five women allege officer Barry Stauffer continued harassing them even after they complained about him to administrators.
Some of the details of the lawsuit include claims that Stauffer grabbed the breasts and buttocks of female employees,made lewd comments describing sex acts he wanted to perform on them, tried to look inside their shirts at their breasts, and unsnapped their bras. And probably the most damaging evidence was that he sent women e-mails with pornographic content. This type of behavior can expose a college to a great deal of liability as evidenced by the million dollar settlement.
''No one should have to endure the abuse that these women faced at work,'' said EEOC Chairwoman Jacqueline A. Berrien.
It is not uncommon in situation where men have power and are exposed to females that this type of behavior may occur. It is very important for companies and college administrators to take these types of complaints seriously. Sexual harassment is a very serious problem in colleges today.