Here's the situation:
A high level executive manger (regional manager for multiple areas) has a long (5+ years) verified history of sexual harassment behavior by employees & vendors of multiple offices. Numerous workers have felt uncomfortable and have had little choice but to put up with unwanted sexual advances: kissing, jokes to sleep with the "boss", intimate relationships with employees/vendors (Exec has been caught in the act!). The company this Exec works for merged with a publicly traded company recently so now there are official rules regarding the conduct (e.g. compliance line).
A 65+ year old worker, 5+ year plus tenure, was called into the manager's office a little bit after closing (5:15p) at the end of the week. The Exec. called the employee over, pulled the employee's neck in & kissed the employee on the lips. The Exec then proceeded to turn off the lights and shut the office door. The employee was terrified and in shock. The employee yanked open the door and ran to their car. The employee was afraid the Exec would show up at the employee's house that weekend and locked all doors/windows at home. Monday the employee reported it to the corporate compliance line.
Corporate sent an attorney to conduct an investigation while the Exec was put on leave. A week later the Exec. was given allowed to return to work by the Exec's supervisor. The word on the situation was that more than likely the incident was just a hug/gesture that was more than likely misconstrued.
What should the terrified employee do now? Would you advise that the terrified employee consult with a Sexual Harassment lawyer? By this account, would you think this employee has a chance at a case? The employee isn't interested in a huge settlement, just justice for all involved. Should the employee just suck it up and try to find other work somewhere else (difficult at that age)?
Thank you for your time and consideration in advance. While I know this isn't legal advice, any thoughts or tips from people in this type of situation (or that have been involved) would be really helpful. I'm a long time lurker and miss PattyMD.