The growing Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha is known for its natural spring water that was long ago believed to have healing properties. More recently, the city of about 70,000 has become known for its health care businesses and commitment to its parks and library.
A few days ago, the son of the owner of the city’s Superior Crane found himself facing serious charges of sexually assaulting workers, sexual harassment and exposing himself at work. The 28-year-old has been arrested on six charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and a pair of charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.
It is, of course, possible that he will face lawsuits based on the allegations as well. Both Wisconsin law and federal law prohibit hostile environment sexual harassment in which an employee is subjected to unwanted physical behavior or verbal harassment pervasive in the workplace.
Both state and federal law also specifically prohibits quid pro quo sexual harassment as well, in which an employer or supervisor makes sexual demands as part of employment decisions in hiring, promotions, terminations, job-performance reviews, scheduling and so on.
According to a news report, police officers spoke to a worker who said he saw the owner’s son expose himself. Another employee said he was sexually harassed or assaulted on four separate occasions.
A third worker said the man inappropriately touched him at least six times in recent months. He said he feared retaliation if he reported the incidents.
A fourth worker alleged that the owner’s son exposed himself at least 10 times and that he had also witnessed other sexually inappropriate behavior with other workers.
The allegations are all obviously very serious.
If you have had to endure a hostile work environment, sexual harassment or other forms of sexual misconduct in the workplace, contact Alan C. Olson & Associates, s.c. to discuss your legal options.