This case from Australia is notable for one thing, we think: it illustrates either hubris on the part of a management supervisor, who figured that his subordinate was too afraid to complain of sexual harassment (which fear is all too frequent), or just plain stupidity.
One would think that if you are a store manager you would know by heart the location of store closed-circuit television cameras and the fact that they capture whatever goes on within their view. An Australian store manager apparently forgot this in his zeal to harass a female employee.
The manager allegedly asked her harassing questions such as ”been keeping your husband up late?” and ”leering at her bottom,” before the assault. He then managed to get himself filmed as he came from behind and dragged her into his office, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
”He used force to turn me around so I was facing him. The distance separating us was a few centimetres. He rubbed his hand up and down my entire forearm. I was panicking. I felt physically sick.” He held her so she could not leave.
The woman is suing for $1.3 million, claiming she been diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder, and even attempted suicide.
The company and the manager deny the allegations. The manager has since been promoted.