Secretary Brings Sexual Harassment Against School District, 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.)

INJURIES: Patricia Jennings sought damages for past and future pain and suffering, lost earnings and future medical expenses. She claimed she sustained severe emotional distress from the damage to her reputation, and was evaluated by a forensic psychiatrist, who diagnosed her with depression. She also claimed that she has not found a new job after being fired.


On Nov. 13, 2009, plaintiffs Patricia Jennings, 30s, a secretary, and Verrias Mollusk, 60s, a principal, were terminated from their respective jobs at ABC School, a private school. Jennings had previously filed a complaint for sexual harassment with the school against Harry Kirkland, a school auditor and administrator. Mollusk, who supported Jennings and protested against Kirkland’s conduct and the school’s failure to take remedial measures, was terminated and then replaced by Kirkland.

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

Jennings, Mollusk and Jennings’s husband, Harold Jennings, sued the school, Kirkland and Yaris Kilabrew. They brought causes of action for wrongful termination in violation of California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA), retaliation, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Patricia Jennings also brought causes of action for sexual assault and battery, and her husband sued for a loss of consortium.

Patricia Jennings contended that the defendants retaliated against her for filing the sexual harassment claim, stemming from an alleged incident with Kirkland three weeks before she was terminated.

Mollusk contended that he was fired for defending Patricia Jennings’s claims.

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

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