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    My sister recently confided in me and told me about a few cases where her previous employer sexually harassed her. She worked on a horse farm for a young couple who eventually gave her a horse and agreed to board it as long as she helped a little extra. My sister is a very generous and timid person who loves horses so of course she agreed and signed a contract. (not without my parents consent of course.) She was out there almost every day sometimes all day. Steve's wife "Tiffany" gave horse lessons and also kept other young girl staff. While working, my sister started to notice how Steve favored the girls and acted sometimes too affectionate twords them. Eventually he came to my sister the same way. Whenever they were alone in the barn or Tiffany was gone, he'd say things like "Your so pretty" and "When my wife has her baby I'm going to divorce her for you." There were even a few cases where he had touched her and grabbed her butt. Shes too nice and shy to say or do anything so she never told anybody else, can i still get him in trouble if shes not working for them anymore? What should i do?
    Then Jesus told him,“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

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    Originally posted by march2009<3Justin View Post
    My sister recently confided in me and told me about a few cases where her previous employer sexually harassed her. She worked on a horse farm for a young couple who eventually gave her a horse and agreed to board it as long as she helped a little extra. My sister is a very generous and timid person who loves horses so of course she agreed and signed a contract. (not without my parents consent of course.) She was out there almost every day sometimes all day. Steve's wife "Tiffany" gave horse lessons and also kept other young girl staff. While working, my sister started to notice how Steve favored the girls and acted sometimes too affectionate twords them. Eventually he came to my sister the same way. Whenever they were alone in the barn or Tiffany was gone, he'd say things like "Your so pretty" and "When my wife has her baby I'm going to divorce her for you." There were even a few cases where he had touched her and grabbed her butt. Shes too nice and shy to say or do anything so she never told anybody else, can i still get him in trouble if shes not working for them anymore? What should i do?
    You sister, and only your sister, can file with the EEOC.

    Having said that, the fact she isn't working there anymore isn't going to give the case a very high priority.

    Honestly, the best things you can do for her is to 1) send one or, better, both of your parents over to the stable to talk to Steve - forcefully, and; 2) sit her down and role play how to confront such behavior in the workplace.

    If you don't know how to role play that scenario, ask your guidance counselor at school for help.
    Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

    I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

    Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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    • #3
      I have a question. You say this happened with a previous employer. How long ago was it? There are time limits to filing with the EEOC. If this happened too long ago, she may have missed the window to take action.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      • #4
        well...

        she just told me not 2 days ago but it was a long time ago....id say almost 10 months
        Then Jesus told him,“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

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        • #5
          What about sexual harrasment charges with the police? They may take into account the age, and embarrasment, is their a statute of limitations on charges with the police?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by march2009<3Justin View Post
            she just told me not 2 days ago but it was a long time ago....id say almost 10 months
            The employee must file a complaint with the EEOC within 300 days of the alleged incident. We're cutting it close here.
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            • #7
              The police do not deal in sexual harassment charges. They might deal in assault charges, but 10 months after the fact it would be next to impossible for them to do anything.
              The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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              • #8
                I think what turbo was saying was to file a charge with the police for sexual abuse of a minor. I dont think there is a limitation on that as my son just took a report from two sisters for something that happened eleven years ago and it is being prosecuted.

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                • #9
                  Where does the poster say his sister is a minor?
                  The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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                  • #10
                    He said that she signed a contract without her parents permission and that the man hired lots of young girls so I take that to mean that his sister is a minor.

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                    • #11
                      If he grabbed her butt it is a criminal assault. Maybe the cops could help. If nothing else, they could investigate the assault and help her to prove her civil claims against them.
                      Bob Bollinger, Attorney
                      Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law
                      Charlotte, NC

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                      • #12
                        I don't disagree; I'm just concerned about the ten-month delay. She's running perilously close to the deadline for filing with the EEOC, and to file a civil suit at all, she needs a right to sue letter from them.

                        Justin, your sister needs to file a sexual harassment suit with the EEOC NOW. Depending on exactly when it happened, it may already be too late. She can also talk to the cops and see if there's anything they can do this long after the fact.
                        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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                        • #13
                          age

                          when everything happened she had just turned 18....
                          Then Jesus told him,“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

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                          • #14
                            Then no charges of assaulting a minor will apply. At 18, she doesn't need anybody's permission, consent, knowledge, or approval to sign a contract.
                            HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!
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                            (unique up on him)
                            How do catch an ordinary rabbit?
                            (same way)

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                            • #15
                              How many employees are there?
                              I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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