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Lawsuit Under the New York City Human Rights Law Claims Reverse Sexual Harassment


The laws against sexual harassment apply equally to men and women. Reverse sexual harassment refers to a the sexual harassment of a male by a female. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the New York State and New York City Laws.

In a recent sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, a male dog trainer is suing his female boss, a 44-year old New York socialite. He claims he was fired for refusing to have sex with her.

According to the New York Post, dog trainer Wesley Artope claims that his female boss, a former model, came on to him many times while he was training her dogs at her Westchester County home. Artope, a married father-of-four, claims that his boss repeatedly beckoned him to her bedroom where she would try to tempt him into having sex with her by lying on the bed in skimpy shorts or naked under a robe. In an interview with the New York Post, Artope further alleges "She did things that were inappropriate. She would call me into her bedroom several times, and she would basically flash me."

The lawsuit alleges that she "was attracted to him and wanted to engage in a sexual relationship with him." Further, Artope alleges that on one occasion his boss grabbed Artope's hand and told him she wanted to have sex with him, that her husband was sexually inept.

Artope continually refused her advances and claims that she became angry. She began criticizing his work and then banned him from the home. Artope had worked for this employer since September 2008 and said he was fired in July 2009 after he complained about the hostility and reported the sexual harassment to the estate manager.

More information can be found in the New York Post.

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