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Sears sexual harassment case

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Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc. Sears sexual harassment case Ann Mrkonich, Andrew J. Voss, Littler, Mendelson, P. We affirm the district court on all issues.

Divinski testified that he believed Ohren sexually harassed respondent, but he took no action because he felt he would lose his job over it. Respondent testified that Thompson began to make sexually inappropriate comments to her almost immediately after he Sears sexual harassment case. Cassandra Knutson, a sales representative at SHIP, and respondent both testified that Thompson told them that while having sex with one women at a hotel the night before, he had phone sex with another woman, and a third women was waiting at the door to have sex with him.

Respondent also testified that Thompson made a thrusting motion simulating intercourse while telling stories she was unable to hear. Lincoln testified that at a meeting Thompson told respondent that she needed to show her breasts, her legs, and her buttocks in order to increase her sales. Lincoln testified that he told Thompson that he could not talk to respondent in that manner. Thompson told Lincoln that he did nothing wrong and that he was just trying to motivate people.

Respondent also stated that Thompson told her that she should wear a short skirt and knee-high boots so she could attract more business from male customers. Respondent stated that she told Thompson that he was disgusting and that it would be inappropriate to wear such clothing to work.

Respondent also stated that Curtis Conley, Regional Director of Sales, told sexually explicit jokes in front of her and others at sales meetings. Respondent stated that Conley told her that she should try to use her appearance to persuade male customers to buy from her. She told the hotline about Thompson telling inappropriate stories at the office, and speaking derogatorily toward and about women.

He testified that he received no information from respondent that she was being sexually harassed. The report did not contain any sexual-harassment accusations. A day or two later, respondent received a phone call from Klinzing, responding to her phone call.

Respondent testified that Klinzing promised to get back to her but never did. In Sears sexual harassment case, Respondent phoned Klinzing again and he told her that he spoke with Conley, and that there was nothing he could do.

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