Former Employee Prevails On Claims Of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Part 1 of 2

The following blog entry is written to illustrate an example of a sexual harassment case. Reviewing this kind of lawsuit should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this sexual harassment case and its proceedings.)


According to court records: Plaintiff Erin Talin said she began working as a salesperson for defendant “ABC”, a legal document copying service, in January 2005. Plaintiff was hired by Mike and Barron Curtis, defendant Matt Curtis’s brother and father, respectively.

Plaintiff alleged that after beginning work at defendant ABC, she was subjected to sexual harassment by male employees in the company, including defendant Curtis. Plaintiff said defendant Curtis and other male employees commonly used lewd and derogatory words with sexual connotations in the workplace.

In January 2006, defendant ABC assigned plaintiff to share a room with another manager while attending a sales convention. Plaintiff said she had to sleep on a cot and that the manager brought a client to the room while plaintiff was trying to sleep and proceeded to engage in sexual activity with the client. Plaintiff said she reported the incident to Mike Curtis, who took no disciplinary action. Plaintiff also reported the incident to defendant Curtis, telling him she no longer wanted to share rooms, to which he replied it was “not an option.”
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Plaintiff further claimed that defendant Curtis, who was married, began having a relationship with another employee, Terry Teak. Defendant ABC transferred Teak to the same office where defendant Curtis worked and she was given privileges and promotions because of her relationship with defendant Curtis. Defendant Curtis reportedly told plaintiff not to tell his wife or she would lose her job.

In February 2007, defendant Curtis and Mike Curtis spoke to plaintiff about an upcoming sales convention. They told plaintiff to show the clients a good time at the convention and to “take one for the team” if necessary. Plaintiff understood this to mean that she should have sex with potential clients.

Plaintiff also claimed defendant Curtis and Mike Curtis fired plaintiff’s assistant because they had sex with her. Plaintiff was offended by this and confronted the men. Defendant Curtis laughed and said it wasn’t like they both did it at the same time.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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