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Harassment lawsuit filed against resort
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
A federal lawsuit has been filed against Saddlebrook Resort Inc. sayinga female employee was sexually harassed by her supervisor for two years. The lawsuit said the alleged victim filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission but that the agency filed a dismissal notice, which occurs when an investigation turns up no violations. In the suit, Alicia Larson said she was 19 when she was hired as a landscaper in July 2005. But the suit said her manager was soon "propositioning" Larson for "sexual favors," that she was subjected to "vulgar, sexual comments" and had to work in an "environment permeated with sexual hostility and intimidation." The suit said the supervisor repeatedly propositioned Larson, touched her inappropriately and ordered her to rub his shoulders and legs. Larson said she quit in March and complained, but the suit said Saddlebrook "chose to do nothing." The plaintiff's attorneys and Saddlebrook owner Tom Dempsey did not return calls for comment.
Get your picture taken with Clauses
Local families are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Connerton's Rose Cottage Welcome Center. Connerton is on U.S. 41, 7.5 miles north of State Road 54. Cookies and refreshments will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. This event is part of Connerton's series of public events. Connerton is a nearly 5,000-acre new town under development in Pasco County.